Why do we never seem to find time to exercise? Often, it gets put on the back burner, especially when other things come up. Personal Fitness and Nutrition Coach, Taryn Perry, tells us how to put aside the excuses and keep health and fitness on the front burner.
As busy moms, dads, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and/or all of the above, there is always an excuse why you should put your fitness on the back burner. Sound familiar? Much like anything we do in our lives, most of it involves a commitment. Your job. Your family. Your hobby. Your future. Why shouldn’t exercise be a part of that? It does affect most aspects of your life and its future. It sets an example for your children and determines the longevity of your life. Isn’t that worth the commitment, in itself?
To know that taking care of your body by good nutrition and fitness can save you money on health care, would you make time for it? If being fit meant that you could eliminate some of your daily medications, would you make time for it? Likely, YES! Carving out time for your exercise program can take as little as 20 minutes a day. Those 20 minutes a day can easily be fit into the busiest of schedules. The key is to SCHEDULING it and COMMITTING to accomplish it. Make it as part of a daily to-do list. We all have those, right? Check it off as you work through your day.
“But when?,” you ask yourself. Well, what works for me, is scheduling my workouts first thing in the morning. Yup, that’s 5:30 am. The alarm clock goes off at 5:00 am and I have 30 minutes to wake up and prepare myself mentally for my planned workout. That way, nothing could get in the way or provide an excuse to push it further and further back, risking it never happening. Right? And as a bonus, I have an elevated amount of energy t get through my day. I can use plenty of that chasing around my 2 kids all day!
The biggest misconception is that you need to exercise for hours on end to get any results. NOT THE CASE. Just get up and get moving. Go for a brisk walk. Play a pick-up game of basketball. Hop on the elliptical at your gym for 20 to 30 minutes. Press play with your favorite at home fitness trainer (I’m a huge fan of Tony Horton). Do an interval workout. In fact, interval training is the best, when short on time and wanting to maximize the results of your exercise commitment.
Whatever it takes to motivate you to get your body moving and elevate your heart rate for a short period of time, do it. The trick is finding something you enjoy doing that is active. There should be no excuse for the future of your health.
Please contact me if you’d like a consultation on a program that may be suitable for your fitness ability and time commitment. There is always something for everyone.
Your partner in health & fitness,
About the Author
I’m a stay-at-home mom of two wonderful and VERY active children. They truly are a blessing in my life and I’m so fortunate to raise them with my life partner and best friend. They inspire me to do great things in life and be a role model to help mold their future. After an 8-year career in Commercial Real Estate, I decided it was time for a change. It was also time for a change in my health and fitness. After having 2 kids, I wasn’t going to “settle” for the figure these blessings left me with. It was time to take charge and do something about it. As a busy Mom, it’s easy to find excuses to why I can’t workout or find time to make a better lifestyle. TRUST ME! I’VE USED THEM ALL! Once I found success in my own health and fitness, I became a Personal Fitness/Nutrition Coach and Group Fitness Instructor. I find the greatest enjoyment in helping others find a fun outlet for getting healthy. My mission is to help others find a better quality of life. I want to help pave the way for a healthier future. I strive to help combat the rising trends of obesity, one child, one mother, one friend, at a time.
- Rajiv Narayan: Hitting the Gym vs. Hitting the Books: How Your Next Workout Will Improve Your Grades (huffingtonpost.com)
- How to Stay Motivated While Exercising (dirjournal.com)