START WITH THE SUN

WITH LIFE RAMP­ING UP AGAIN AF­TER THE HOL­I­DAY PE­RIOD, HERE’S HOW TO GET (AND STAY) FIT WHEN YOU HAVE NO SPARE TIME

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | YOU - KELLY REN­NIE READ MORE AT busy­mum­fit­ness.com

We all have busy, chaotic lives and it can some­times feel like we have no time to sleep, let alone ex­er­cise. It can be­come a self-ful­fill­ing prophecy when we groan at the alarm in the morn­ing, or find that late-night gym ses­sion wiped out by a mound of pa­per­work or meet­ing prep. Af­ter a while the idea of go­ing for a run or at­tend­ing an ex­er­cise class can seem like a dis­tant mem­ory. Be­fore long, our waist­lines start ex­pand­ing and we ex­pe­ri­ence a neg­a­tive spi­ral of low self-es­teem.

Sound fa­mil­iar? I know it does to me. It’s so much eas­ier to skip the gym and watch the tele­vi­sion, or lie in bed and scroll so­cial me­dia. It might even feel like that’s all you can do af­ter a long day at work. How­ever, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that our seden­tary lives are the source of a lot of health prob­lems and if we want to avoid them, we are go­ing to have to change our pat­terns of think­ing and ac­tion. Let’s look at what we have to do to make this hap­pen.

1. FOR­MU­LATE A PLAN

If we fail to plan, we plan to fail. Un­less we have some­thing writ­ten in our calendar, it likely isn’t go­ing to hap­pen. That’s why plan­ning our ex­er­cise ses­sions in ad­vance is one of the most im­por­tant things we can do. Make it a re­peat event. Show up at the al­lot­ted time re­gard­less of how you feel and be­gin to make the ac­tion a habit. Over time you may ac­tu­ally be­gin to en­joy it.

2. PICK THE RIGHT EN­VI­RON­MENT

Many peo­ple avoid go­ing to the gym be­cause of the amount of time it takes to get there and back. With ev­ery­thing else go­ing on, it can just seem in­con­ve­nient to sit in traf­fic. It’s im­por­tant you pick your ex­er­cise en­vi­ron­ment care­fully. Ask your­self some ques­tions. Do you re­ally need to go to a gym at all? Could you go to a pool for a swim or run on the street? If you re­ally do need a gym to ex­er­cise, be sure to pick the clos­est one to your house; one that will have the least im­pact on your timetable.

“MANY OF THE MOST SUC­CESS­FUL PEO­PLE IN THE WORLD MAKE AN EARLY START A DAILY PRI­OR­ITY.”

3. STEP AWAY FROM THE SCREEN

The amount of time we spend look­ing at our mo­bile phones or com­put­ers is stag­ger­ing. Whether we like to ad­mit it or not, a lot of that time is com­pletely wasted, ei­ther com­par­ing our­selves to oth­ers on so­cial me­dia or scrolling aim­lessly through con­tent we aren’t even en­gag­ing with. From now on, set a us­age limit on your screen time.

4. MAKE THE MOST OF THE MORN­ING

Many of the most suc­cess­ful peo­ple in the world make an early start a daily pri­or­ity and it’s easy to see why. When you have a stacked sched­ule, it can be easy for things to get away from you, mak­ing that hour or so be­fore any­one else wakes up es­sen­tial to per­sonal growth and pro­duc­tiv­ity. If our even­tual suc­cess is a series of in­cre­men­tal steps, then get­ting up early and ex­er­cis­ing with­out dis­trac­tions can make a big dif­fer­ence over a long pe­riod of time.

Kelly is a per­sonal trainer, mother and au­thor of Busy Mum Syn­drome. She spe­cialises in on­line train­ing pro­grams for busy mums, which have earned praise from Kate Mid­dle­ton.

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