We know, you’re busy. We all have a lot going on. No matter what good intentions you may have towards certain activities ie. reading a book, getting your nails done, working out, etc. some things simply get shoved to the back of the line as life unfolds day by day. May I make a suggestion? Make it a part of your lifestyle. Create a habit out of picking up a book every night before bed. Schedule your nail appointments 1-2 months out at the same time and day of the week. Make your workout as essential to your routine as it is to shower.. If you incorporate exercise into your lifestyle, you forfeit being able to prioritize it away because it is no longer on the list, but rather plugged in to your auto drive.
The province of BC just finished promoting Ride to Work/School week across the province. What a great initiative! This is a great example of making exercise a part of your lifestyle. How many times have you been told by a co-worker or fellow student that they ride a bike to work or school and thought “Wow, that’s really great, I wish I could do that, I would be so fit!” But how much thought have you actually given this without being deterred by the fact that your hair will get wet on a rainy day? Biking into work is a positive lifestyle choice. Choosing to be active over succumbing to the inconvenient side effects such as wet hair, etc. is a bold choice that benefits you personally and benefits the environment. AND it`s setting a great example for others. Without the people who choose to bike, there would be less people compelled to consider the option of biking. Biking to work would become routine, just as getting in a car, except now you are able to warm up and workout your muscles before starting a long day at the desk. Some people choose to run. This can also be as essential part of your day, a way to release stress and focus on yourself and challenging your body. Creating a space for mindfulness in your day by tuning out your problems and focusing on the world passing by you as you run. No matter what the exercise, it needs to work for you, be enjoyed by you, and ft into your lifestyle. Choosing an exercise to fit your lifestyle will complement you as a person, make you feel more fulfilled, and better prepared to face daily challenges. Choose to live a healthy lifestyle and choose the best exercise for you.