If you’re like me, you might think about how important leading healthy lifestyle is. You might think about next yoga class or cross fit session. And while our thoughts do create our reality, if we want to make fitness and health a priority we need to start by taking the next physical step.
Some of you may or may not know this about me, but I’m a former two time Australian teams Aerobics Champion. Fitness was a huge part of my life for many years. But as I got busier and became a mum, I found it more and more difficult to actually find the space in my life for it.
But creating time for fitness is achievable and here are my top 3 tips for bringing fitness back into your busy schedule.
Number one. Become a morning person. When we start our days by focusing on our bodies and ourselves – we set the tone for what is to follow. It might sound crazy – but if you’re a parent, my advice is to get up before your kids! Start the day giving energy to YOU rather than stepping straight into a world of making breakfast and school lunches, or sending emails and text messages. It doesn’t have to even be a high impact or expensive physical work out. Just do some light stretching, yoga, meditation or go for a walk. So rise and shine, salute the sun, set your intentions for the day, and reward your body by honouring it each morning.
Number two. Find a partner in crime. When we’re accountable to going to a gym class with a friend or meeting up with a personal trainer, we are far more likely to commit to whatever fitness activity we have chosen. So call one of your friends and make a walking date, sign up to salsa classes or join aerial yoga together. The benefits of this are twofold – you get a chance to catch up and socialise, while doing something physical and fun.
Number three. Find creative exercise opportunities. No gym membership or expensive home equipment is NO excuse not to exercise. If you’re someone that loves to watch Netflix or TV, then go for it, but start to associate these dormant activities with something active. You can do lunges during the news or squats while binge-watching a new TV show. Be creative and find exercise opportunities in unexpected places.
So get off that chair and make a date with yourself to honour your body. Make the time and make it a priority. Healthy bodies lead to healthy minds and we all need both of those to lead a productive and fulfilling life.
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