Being healthy-the stage of health you want to be in–is whatever you define it as. For some people that may be to lose those last 10 pounds we have been carrying around for the last decade. (Guilty) For others, a health goal may be getting stronger, more flexible or more physically fit. Still others may want to rid themselves of headaches, allergies or digestive disorders.
Whatever your final objective, being healthy is going to depend on what your definition of health is for you. Getting to your healthiest self though, will take commitment and time. Once you reach your healthiest self–staying that way also takes commitment and time.
So where do you find the time in our busy run around lives to “get healthy”? As with anything we truly want–once we decide we TRULY want it–you have to make it happen!
Positive thoughts are beautiful and I recommend them highly, but we must follow them up with action. We need to give something up that is taking up our time to create this health we want.
Don’t worry–it’s not as bad as it sounds because usually we are really not “giving up” anything–we are just changing our priorities–and habits.
The first thing I did when I was looking for extra time was I pulled out my calendar. I committed appointments to myself for the next six months to go to the gym and work out at least 45 minutes every other day. If my “gym appointment” landed on a weekday–the workout would have to be after work. On weekends I could be more flexible–depending what other plans were already in the works and to accommodate for Church on Sundays.
Either way–I made a commitment to myself. And having it on my calendar helps me honor my own time–my own goals and my own priorities.
Another plus of putting these “gym appointments” on my calendar was an unexpected one: when a colleague asked me to attend an additional work function one evening, I could honestly say: “Thank you for thinking of me, but I already have a previous engagement that evening.”
So not only did I “find” the time to add in these workouts–but it helped me not “lose” time attending a function that would not add value to my life.
How many times have you left a meeting thinking: “That’s 40 minutes of my life I will never get back!”
Another way that I am finding time for my health is to get organized. We all have a multitude of tasks we have to complete to survive ie. live this busy run around life of ours: grocery shopping, paying the bills, scheduling doctors and dentist and hairdresser appointments and tasks that are required to maintain our homes.
I am learning ways that I can automate some of these so it frees up some of my time. Other things–you guessed it–go on my calendar.
So if I forgot an ingredient for a recipe or we run out of milk–we just do without until our next scheduled trip to the grocery store. Bingo! More time.
I think for a long time I kept very “busy” to avoid looking at my health goals in the face. After all, “I don’t have enough time” is a plausible excuse right? Not really–not for us who have decided to value our health.
And for those who are telling us they have no time to exercise–well we nod and smile and accept that they are just not in the same place we are right now and that is okay. Someday they will remove that barrier for themselves. Hopefully.
What time constraints do you find yourself with? Is the television or the internet eating up your clock? Comment below and share with me some of the time obstacles you are facing. I would love to hear from you!
As always remember–we all have the same 24 hours each day–have fun with them!