December 26 -
Half hour on Stair Master and yoga.
I haven't blogged in a week and I am trying to squeeze my exercise into less available time. Sounds familiar? We all have busy schedules, especially around the holidays and the end of the year. Work, family, dinners and parties seem to gain preference over our healthy eating, exercise and active lifestyle.
With the new year coming up and all those resolutions you plan to make, try instead to plan your exercise and healthy eating into your day. We don't hesitate scheduling work and friends into our smart phones, so now let's also schedule exactly when and where we will exercise and eat.
I find that when I put these events in my calendar and set aside exact times and places, it is then part of my agenda for the day and my exercise becomes another normal part of my busy schedule. If we don't plan for this exercise in our schedule, you know exactly what occurs. We tend to fill up our day and then attempt to find time which often does not happen and we lose another opportunity to exercise.
Early morning I find is best for me. I know many of you are not early risers but the benefits are compelling. Starting your day with exercise, charges your batteries and gets you pumped up for the day. I use my running as an hour of solitude to work on solutions to challenges, planning a meeting or just allowing my mind to wander and decompress. Another benefit is one less shower and clothes change which saves me an hour in my day. I find after an hour of exercise I don't eat a large breakfast and a bagel, fruit and orange juice just feels better.
Exercising early will keep all the craziness of your day from stealing the precious time we all need daily for exercise. Try it and let me know. Notice the smile and your face at the end of the day when you realize you already exercised. STAY ACTIVE, MY FRIEND.