January 24, 2017

The end of January is almost here, and a lot of people are already going to be slacking on their New Year’s goals.  Don’t give in!  They say it takes six weeks to make a habit, so if you can make it to Valentine’s Day, things should get easier.  Meanwhile, here are some tips to stay strong with your fitness goals:

1.Write down your goal.  The act of writing down your goal makes it 80% more likely that you will accomplish it.
2. Use exercise as an excuse to get “me” time:  If you lead a life of chaos where it seems like every moment of your time is consumed with obligations, use a consistent exercise outing as an excuse to spend some much needed time all by yourself.
3.Put away your “fat clothes”: It’s a lot easier to put off exercising when you can hide underneath clothes that make you feel like you’re not as out of shape as you really are.  Take all of the clothes that allow you to hide your extra pounds and put them in a box.
4.Make yourself an irresistible offer: If you want to crank up your motivation to get in shape, promise yourself an entire weekend of frivolity, a shopping spree, or maybe even a new “toy” like a flat-screen TV or a new dining room set.
5.Turn it into a social experience: You have a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, or a family member who also needs to lose weight, so grab a partner and make a solemn pact to force each other to stick with it.
6. Take a good look in the mirror: When all else fails, get naked and stand in front of a full-length mirror.  Take a good look from the front, turn to the side, and even turn around and look back over your shoulder at your backside.  If you need to lose even 10 pounds, the mirror will be more than happy to show them to you.

Stay strong and don’t forget to share!

Too Busy to Work Out?

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day–unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour.”
-Zen Proverb

“If you want something to get done, give it to a busy person.”
-Common Saying.

“I’m too busy to work out.” I hear this a lot–more than any other excuse, in fact. A lot of people would work out, so they say, if they had more time. Let’s unpack the statement “I’m too busy to work out.” Okay, so there are a certain number of things you have to do to keep your job, keep your family together and happy, and meet your most basic needs. Now, is there anything else that you do? Anything that isn’t absolutely necessary to keep your life together? Then what you mean when I say “I’m too busy to exercise” is “There are things I do with my discretionary time that are higher priorities than exercising.” You might watch TV, play video games, read the news, talk on the phone, whatever.

Are you okay with that notion, that being healthy is just not as high a priority as those other things? Then be my guest and do those things instead. Otherwise, if you want to make your health a priority, then MAKE YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY.

“But Jeff, there’s more to it than that…” I know, sometimes it seems like there isn’t enough time in a block to get your exercise in. In that case, you might need to re-think your idea of how much time it takes to exercise. You don’t have to break a sweat, and you can get in some meaningful exercise in ten to twenty minutes. Some of my past newsletters have great ideas for short, energy-boosting workouts in them.

Another thing you can do with ten to twenty minutes? Work IN. In my life I make a distinction between working out–expending energy to get physically stronger–and working in–generating energy to get mentally stronger with activities like meditation and tai chi.

You can also find ways to make longer blocks of time when you can exercise. Every day before I get out of bed, I assess my day and my schedule. Sometimes things can be moved around to create longer blocks of time. Sometimes they can’t, but then I fall back on my short workout strategies.

Another thing that I do to increase the number of long blocks of time I have to exercise is to go to bed very early and get up very early. Most people get up just in time to get the kids to school and make it to work on time, and then stay up later. This leaves a lot of time in the day after work, which also happens to be the time of day when you are most drained and least able to act according to your priorities. By shifting my day around, I end up having more time where I am active and alert that I can devote to keeping myself healthy.

You will find that the more you take the opportunities in your day to work out (or work in) the easier it will be to find more of those opportunities. You will get more energy back out of fitness than you will spend getting fit.

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