I am often asked “how do you find the time to workout”? In this crazy world we have created for ourselves, we routinely put OURSELVES last. This is a shame. I am a firm believer that YOU should be the most important appointment in YOUR day. Everyday.
Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, blocked in 45 mins per day, six days a week to exercise while at the helm. I can’t think of a more stressful job on the planet then being the President of the United States (don’t get me started on the current President) and yet this man MADE the time to exercise and clear his head. Yet I hear all the time, “who has the time?”. I forgot. You are busier then the President of the United States of America. No, no you’re not, you just suck at scheduling or you don’t want it bad enough. Admit it. Its ok. This can be your new starting point.
So, for those of you who want to make a change, and potentially better yourself and your physical and mental health, here are a few tips that work for me, that you may want to try for yourself:
- Wake up at 5 am. The world is not busy at 5 am. Your phone won’t be ringing. Your email and Facebook notifications shouldn’t be going off. Your spouse/children/pets will still be sleeping. Strangers won’t be talking to you about the weather. Every day I marvel at how much work I can get done before I go to work. Sounds crazy but it is so true. This has grown to become my favorite time of the day, and by far the most productive. Waking up at 5 am will not be an easy transition for most. Like anything worthwhile in life, it is not easy. Running businesses isn’t easy. Being responsible enough to make payroll so staff can pay their mortgage and feed their children isn’t easy. Being a good Godfather isn’t easy. Being fit and healthy isn’t easy. But those are some of the most rewarding things in my life. (If you work night shift, or start work at 5-6 am, adjust the timing of this accordingly)
- Try some “personal development” at 5 am. Why wouldn’t you want to get better at life?!?!?! If you are like me and care about the quality of your workout, I need a little time to “wake up” to perform at an optimum level. Read. Meditate. Throw on a motivational video from Youtube. Write down goals, whether they be for the current day, week, month, year or even 5 year goals. Having them written down makes you much more accountable. I have a goal to get better everyday. In as many facets of life as possible.
- Learn to say “no”. (I suck at this and really need to bog down here) Our society has turned us into “people pleasers”. We hate to say no, and we enjoy helping others. Perhaps not a bad problem, but if you don’t feel you have time to look after yourself, who will look after your loved ones when you get sick or worse? Evaluate your friendships. Which ones are dragging you down, sucking up your time that you could be spending so much more productively? Shut those relationships down…in a nice way. Just because you have always called an old high school friend on Tuesday nights, doesn’t mean this needs to continue if you are not developing a better, meaningful relationship.
- “But I have to take my kids to hockey/soccer/dance.” Yup. You do. And you don’t have to sit there the entire time they are exercising and gossip with the other parents. Our beautiful new Steve Kerr Memorial Complex has a walking track. Walk a few laps, drop down and hammer out a few pushups. Oh I know, you don’t want to draw attention to yourself doing the pushups. No worries. You’re drawing more attention to yourself being unhappy with the way you look and feel walking down the street, and then having a complaining party at Walmart about it. You do some pushups at the rink/soccer field/etc, you will be applauded by people that have similar goals and that understand the busy-ness. , and criticized by those who don’t care to better themselves or are just judgemental individuals. Which do you prefer?
- “Oh but work is crazy busy right now” – ok. If it is truly busy right now, take 3-4 weeks off from exercising. It won’t hurt you. Your body does need rest. But if your job is crazy busy all the time, and you can’t take time for yourself to flourish, it is clearly time to re-evaluate your situation. Are you spending too much time hand-holding? Is there things you can delegate? Maybe you need to hire another employee or start paying someone to shovel your driveway/do your landscaping/clean your house. Check yourself in the distraction department here too- are you Facebooking, Instagramming, Snap Chatting, Tweeting or texting when you SHOULD be working... experts have found that on average it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to truly return to a task after a distraction. That's a lot of minutes over the course of the day!
Time management. Such a key to maximizing the one life we have to live! You have the same 24 hours in a day as the most successful people you know. It's up to YOU how you spend those hours.