Sure you are. I know the feeling very well. Wake up late, work a full day plus some, scramble around for dinner, kids or errands, collapse on the couch at an obscene hour and become a Facebooking, Pinteresting, television watching zombie until it’s time to fall asleep and start all over again the next day. I know. I’ve said it myself a million and one times. However, if you want to be fit and healthy every day, you need to make it a priority, every day. That doesn’t mean that you have to be obsessed with health and wellness. It doesn’t mean that you should be in bondage to your body image. It DOES mean that you need to make it manageable for your life. That may mean getting up at an hour earlier than you’d like or treadmilling it up at lunch, but you’ll get used to it AND the results will be worth it. In most cases and if you’re healthy, 30 minutes will do; Read the American Heart Association’s guide on that here. You just have to evaluate your circumstances, priorities, and go from there. Treat working out like an appointment. Put it on your calendar, with a scheduled reminder even. As one of my dear friends says, “If it’s not on my calendar, it doesn’t exist.”
I know some of you aren’t early-risers, but I find working out first thing in the morning to be incredibly helpful for a few reasons.
- I’m not interfering with anyone else’s schedule.
- I can wear workout clothes to sleep in and head right to my workout without all of the “where are all my yoga pants?” problems.
- I’m more cognizant of what I do the rest of the day (food wise) because I don’t want to screw up all of the exercise work I just did.
- I don’t have to shower and fix my hair at some weird hour of the day or night (which also interferes with my family’s schedule). I just hit the shower right after the workout.
- I can workout in peace without someone saying, “mom…mom….mommommommommommom…” the whole time. I love my kids, but that’s distracting to the workout intensity.
- I’m set for the day! No pouting about working out at 9pm after doing about 500 other things after work. I get my Facebook and Pinterest time – guilt free – after all my other stuff is done.
SO, while crack of dawn workouts may not be for you, consider all of the things that stop you from working out and schedule around it. Make it something you have to do, like eating. You wouldn’t skip dinner, would you? Me neither.