Fall is approaching which can mean new schedules. It can seem like a good time of the year to get back to exercise, but can be confusing to know where to start. Should you do P90X, walk 30 minutes a day or do the latest dance class craze? The truth is, there is no one exercise program that works for everyone. To be healthy and successful in weight management, you have to find what works for you or you may be one of the 50% of exercisers who quite after the first six months.
With the start of a new season, you can have a consistent exercise program, even with a hectic schedule by taking a few simple steps.
- Make it a priority
We all make time for things that are a priority. You probably have a nail or hair appointment, date with a group of friends, or tune up for your car that you never miss because it is important to you. Think of this, if you won the lottery today, could you find the time to pick up the check?
- Assess Your schedule
Now, make a list of your priorities. Make another list of how and where you spend your time from the moment you wake up until you go to bed. Do the two lists match? If not, is there time that is wasted that could be utilized for exercise?
- Eliminate Responsibilities
You may not have wasted time, but your day is filled with responsibilities or jobs that can be delegated or eliminated completely. Once eliminated, you may discover that you now have the time to focus on what is important to you. It is impossible to add more to your plate before you take something off and feel successful.
- Choose what you enjoy
Once you find a few extra minutes in your day, choose two activities that you enjoy and alternate between them. By changing it up, you can eliminate the possibility of boredom. Write a plan that incorporates the type of exercise you plan to do along with the intensity and duration before you get started. Remember, make it work with the time that is available for your current lifestyle and not attempt to create more time.
- Combine Activities
Are there times when you have to sit and wait during a practice for your children? Do you spend a few minutes each on the phone talking with a friend? Do you long to have quality conversation with your spouse? Why not use that time to get in a little walking and kill two birds with one stone.
Before attempting to try a new exercise routine, take a few quiet minutes to think it through. Are you truly ready to make exercise a priority? Have you found a time of the day that works and are you doing the right program for you? If the answer is yes, you are ready to go. If not, can you change things so that you are spending time on what is really important? With a little self evaluation you can have a fitness plan for your fall schedule.
What do you think will be the most helpful for you to do so that you can a fitness plan for the fall schedule?