Step 1. Make a list of everything you do each day and how much time it takes.
Example 1: Lucy, an office manager at a bank works 5 days a week, loves her 4 year old Wendy, her husband Rob and the TV show Game of Thrones. Here’s what her week might look like:
Sleeping = 8 hours/day x 7 days/week = 56 hours/week
Getting ready for the day = 1 hour/day x 7 days/week = 7 hours/week
Working = 9 hours/day x 5 days/week = 45 hours/week
Commuting = 0.5 hours/day x 5 days/week = 3 hours/week
Preparing/eating meals = 1.5 hours/day x 7 days/week = 11 hours/week
Running errands = 1.5 hours/day x 3 days/week = 5 hours/week
Watching TV = 2.0 hours/day x 3 days/week = 14 hours/week
Playing with kids = 2.0 hours/day x 7 days/week = 14 hours/week
Relaxing = 1 hour/day x 7 days/week = 7 hours/week
Total BUSY hours in a week: 161
TOTAL hours in a week: 168
LEFTOVER hours in a week: 8
Look at that. A whole extra 8 hours of free time! And of course this schedule will be different from a working mom to the study-crazed student - but trust me. Put your schedule in there, and you’ll be able to find at least 3 hours per week for free time.. Aka FITNESS time!
Step 2. Make your fitness a priority.
Your friends would understand if you had to delay your dinner plans by 1 hour because you had a doctor’s appointment. How is working towards life-long health any different?
I remember the first time I told my mom I had to go to the gym before coming over on a Saturday afternoon for a family visit. - she was pissed. After explaining to them that this was part of my lifestyle that I took seriously and was committed to, they came around. And they now have developed a similar kind of mentality that we all respect (Dad tolerates Mom’s 5am alarm for her morning workouts, Dad goes to the gym during the 10am lul at work, and we know to make Sunday lunch plans instead of Saturday, because that’s when my sister does hot yoga).
Step 3. Find like-minded people.
The reason why 85% of gym-members go to the group classes exclusively is because they like the team atmosphere.
The reason why only 2% of people stick with their new year's fitness-related resolutions is because they go in it alone.
The reason why people with personal trainers get 60% better results is the accountability.
The thing all of these have in common, is that you’re not doing it alone. So even if it’s a running club, a lunch hour spin class with colleagues, a workout class at your campus gym, or a friend to try a new crossfit gym with you, dive-in! And once you’re there, you’ll meet other people who prioritize their fitness health in the same way you do.
If it sounds easy, its because it is. Its getting into the mind-set that's the hard part. But we've laid it out for you. So give it a try! Email us if you need that extra push!