Between work, family, and social obligations it can be difficult to find time for yourself to exercise. But there is time, believe it or not. With a new outlook and a few adjustments to the way you do things, you'll be working out in no time.
1. Schedule your work out like a meeting with the boss.
You certainly wouldn't cancel that meeting, right? So show up, be present, and get it done.
2. Get up earlier.
Get up 20 minutes earlier and pad your way into the living room for a youtube yoga flow. Or get up 30 minutes earlier and go for a run with the dog. Morning workouts can jumpstart the metabolism, and release endorphins which can reduce stress and lift depression.
3. Start small.
It's great to make up your mind to do something and do it, but much like those overly zealous New Year's Resolution gym goers, deciding you will do a 10k every day when you've barely run in your life is a little extravagant and sets you up for failure. Start with small, attainable goals.
4. Find the right workout for you.
Sometimes people avoid working out because they simply don't like the chosen activity. You don't have to run on the treadmill and lift weights to get a good workout in. You could try a zumba class, or try a gym with rock climbing. There are lots of ways to sweat, so find one that you get excited about.
5. Move every chance you get.
Take the stairs, park far away, do push ups and sit ups during the commercials. Take the opportunity to move every chance you get.
6. Learn to say no.
Saying no to others can sometimes mean saying yes to yourself. Do you absolutely have to go to that dinner party? Do you really need to bake brownies for the fundraiser? Learn to say no to others so you can have time for yourself. There is no shame in making yourself a priority!