Tuesday, September 30, 2008

But I have no time for... (Part 2 of 3)

Thanks for commenting on last week’s topic, “But I have no time for eating right.” I’ve posted a comment to answer all of your questions. And remember, even with the new topic being posted today, we can still discuss this topic and past topics by leaving a comment under the posting.

On to this week’s topic, “But I have no time for exercise.” Let’s start with how I found myself interested in fitness. After a long day at the office, I had so much pent-up energy! I used the gym as a “healthy” happy hour; a buffer between work and home. Whatever was on my mind came out at the gym and I was able to avoid bringing my work home with me. I now encourage my clients to do the same. Use the gym as a place for your own private time. Do you find yourself always saying, “I’ll go tomorrow?” Make an appointment to yourself to take at least 30 minutes a day for cardio and an hour every other day to include strength training. Just as you made the appointment to yourself to plan your meals, you’ll find it easier to work exercise into your schedule and you’ll be less likely to shrug it off. (Sometimes guilt can be a good thing!)
Maybe today you just could not find the time to walk, jog, or run. Well then break it up. Studies show that 15 minutes of cardio twice a day can be just as effective as 30 minutes once a day. And as for strength training, it goes without saying that I encourage all of you to get one-on-one direction from a professional, whether it be a personal trainer or yoga or pilates instructor. DVDs and at-home equipment are great, but only if you use proper form.
Now it’s your turn to tell me what’s stopping you from exercising as often as you should. Is it time, lack of knowledge, lack of energy? Do you hate gyms but find you don’t work out at home, even though you have the equipment? Do you belong to a gym but find yourself socializing more than working out? Take time now to think about what’s getting in your way. Let me and the “Body by Kelly” community help you overcome these obstacles.
Before I go, I wanted to pass on a link to another blog that I believe will be of help to all of my moms out there.
www.becomingawake1.blogspot.com was created by Rita Desnoyers-Garcia, founder of Meditating Moms. Although geared towards mothers, I’ve found this site to be perfect for anyone looking for inspiration to become spiritually bigger than they are today. I encourage you to take a look and read some of her experiences.


Olivia said...

My personal go-to excuse for not exercising: "I'm anemic, I don't have enough energy to do all that I have to do AND exercise today!" Well.... truth is, exercise gives me energy. You've heard it before, and it's just plain true. 95% of the time I feel more energized after cardio that before it. It's just a matter of getting there! ...which is why I usually pack my gym bag the night before so it's easy to just get up and go!

Kelly M. said...

This is true! Once you start your cardio or strength training routine, you'll be glad you made the trip to the gym. Your heart rate will rise and the endorphins will start flowing making for a productive workout.
Olivia also brings up another point: being prepared! Pack your gym bag the night before so you can head off to the gym after work or school. It's best to head to the gym without stopping home, as you can get distracted easily and end up skipping your workout appointment.
Great going Olivia!