You know how sometimes life just gets so busy with a TON of different things that you feel like a frazzled, out-of-control tornado of a person?
(<— this was my life in NYC)
It’s a lot just to give yourself a few minutes to breath to think about some of the things you have to get done that aren’t scheduled into your packed day, let alone go out and exercise.
And during those few minutes, you may log onto Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest to see what’s going on the world and come across a “motivational” poster like this…
…or like this:
It may make you feel super guilty. After all, it is only four percent of your day. You can make it work, right?
Some times, it just doesn’t happen. Setting aside even 15 minutes to work out (not to mention the time it takes to get ready before and after) can be overwhelming.
And you know what? That’s OK. Being real with yourself and saying that these days don’t work, and either rescheduling it later in the week or just giving yourself with a break is OK. It doesn’t make you weak. In fact, it makes you smart.
Of course, people will tell you “just wake up at 4 a.m. – that’s what I do!”
Well, that’s great. If I wake up at 4 a.m. to work out, I end up exhausted and sidelined from being sick. Which means I have to take even more time off from living a healthy life, which is kinda counterintuitive, right?
So, when life happens… to the point where you don’t have the spare minutes to “squeeze” in a workout in “four percent” of your day, it’s okay.
Instead, skip the normal workouts and think about some creative ways to elevate your heart rate… if it makes sense. You know, the whole idea of N.E.A.T. movements or parking a little further to walk. It’s small, but it’s something.
If that doesn’t work for your day? Give yourself a break. Use it as a rest period to your advantage.
And when the chaos settles down, you’ll thank yourself for giving yourself the break you needed AND will be more than ready to get back into the swing of things. (If it doesn’t? It’s a sign that you need to change something… taking care of yourself should be your FIRST priority!)
Do you ever feel like you have no time to work out?
What’s the earliest you’ll wake up for exercise?
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