How To Get The Most Out Of Your Day (So You Can Finally See Results) (Part 1 of 3)
Finding time to eat healthy and exercise can feel like a daunting challenge, especially if you are already flat out.
Work’s busy, the kids need your attention and the last thing you feel like doing at the end of the day is cooking and hitting the gym.
So how can you create more time in your day for exercise?
Believe me it is possible, if you know where to look.
This week I’m going to run you through my top tips for finding time to exercise and eat healthy when you are busy!
Let’s get started.
1. Plan your ‘ideal week’
If you could plan your perfect week… what would it look like?
No, not sitting on a beach in Bora Bora, cocktail in hand (although that does sound like heaven), but your ideal week doing what you would like to do while still going to work etc.
For me, mine goes something like (before I was pregnant) -
Water with lemon
12pm lunch / breakfast
(Since I have been pregnant it has changed, and once Pokey is here it will change again. I’m giving myself time to learn Pokey’s routine and I will adapt around that.)
The idea is to make it realistic for yourself, but also motivating and aspirational.
If you don’t plan your exercise and the things that are important to you in your schedule, you will never get to them, period.
So it is important to make sure you sketch out a plan of your day so you know that you have got time to do the things you want, and you don’t get bogged down in time sucks, like TV and social media.
Now this plan is not about being perfect every single day. It’s a rough outline of what you want to achieve.
If you are able to follow you perfect day 20 days out of the 30, you will likely be much further ahead and on the path toward your goals, then if you had no plan at all.
A plan creates clarity, a plan creates intention.
And, if you find your plan no longer serving you, it is okay to sit down and change it.
You can tell if your plan is no longer serving you if you feel uninspired by it, or you are finding it hard to stick to.
If this is the case, go back and revise and come up with a more suitable plan.
2. Remove distractions
Distractions can make it difficult to get anything done….
They suck us into a time warp of with urgency and immediacy, then an hour later we remember we were meant to be doing something else.
A way to get around this is to time block your day, and create situations that help, not hinder, you.
Like to check your emails, social media etc first thing in the morning?
Why not get up and get to the gym and check them while you are doing your warm up on the stationary bike?
(Just make sure to get your heart rate up enough)
Then, when it comes time to do the main part of your workout, put on airplane mode until it’s done.
Or, if you prefer to go for a fasted morning walk, set a timer on your phone for 5 minutes to check your emails etc while you wake up, then as soon as that alarm goes off you are up and ready to go for your walk.
To stop time sucks I like to use apps like Pomodoro, there is a free version which is fine for most people.
I will set it during the day and makes me focus and work hard, then I get a short break…
Before having to get back to it again.
Social media, Netflix and TV make it so easy to waste a lot of your day, and unless you actively start becoming mindful of how much time you are spending on these distractions days, weeks and even months can pass by and you can get absolutely nowhere.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy these things, just find strategic ways you can incorporate them into your day so that you aren’t compromising your goals or happiness.
I hope you have enjoyed these first 2 tips, you can check out part 2 here - https://becomeaplantbasedbabe.com/blogs/news/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-day-so-you-can-finally-see-results-part-2-of-3
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