Making Time for Fitness

There are so many little things to do each day in order to improve your health, that it is easy to get a bit overwhelmed by the volume.  How is a busy person supposed to fit it all in?  Drink more water, take your vitamins, eat more fresh veggies, get more sleep, get more exercise, make sure your kids eat right and get plenty of exercise, spend more time with your friends and family so your relationships are healthy, and enjoy a hobby or two.  What?  And work for a living, do the shopping, clean the house, take out the trash, wash the laundry, pay the bills and mow the lawn?

You’re completely right:  there are way too many demands on you every day.  But here’s the thing.  If you do not take care of your health, it is so much harder to find the energy to do all the things on your list.  A healthy, well-nourished, fit body has much more energy and stamina to get through the day.  More exercise equals more energy, not less.

Start with one small change.  Make sure to drink a glass of water at the beginning of the day, before eating or drinking anything else.  This is a no-extra-time task.  Put a bottle of water on the nightstand next to your alarm clock.  Put it on the bathroom counter so you can drink it down while you wait for the water to get hot for your shower.  Take your vitamins with the water if you like, killing two birds with one stone.  This one is easy.

Another time-saver comes from my Aunt Ellen.  I spent some time at their house as a teenager.  She always packed lunches for herself and my uncle as she was putting away the leftovers after dinner.  Again, no extra time.  Rather than putting everything back in the fridge in large containers, keep a bunch of small plastic containers or ziplock bags handy and pack lunch-sized portions.  Put them in a bag in the refrigerator, then just grab the bag the next morning on your way out the door.  Bonus!  You just saved yourself the cost of eating lunch out!  Additional bonus!  You now have time for a 15-minute walk during your lunch break!

Take care of yourself.  The ones you take care of need you to be well and happy.

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