Do you realize that not counting weekends, there are only TWELVE DAYS to Christmas?! That also means there’s just over two weeks before we all start setting New Years resolutions again. What was yours last year?! Do you remember? If you’re like the majority of Americans, your New Year resolution will have something to do with the desire to get healthy, strong, or happy. Where is the JOY, right?
I’m so excited to tell you that at COR44™ we’ve created a beautiful, fun, practical and inspiring tool to help you do just that.
If that’s what you want, then that’s what you’ll get. Get healthy, strong, happy AND get your joy back. But before we get there, let’s talk about one of the most common barriers – probably THE most common barrier – to fitness. What is it? C’mon, we all know this one well: I DON’T HAVE TIME!!
Do you know what we say at COR44™?
Here are a few suggestions to navigate the TIME barrier to fitness:
- Get up earlier: I know. Believe me, I don’t like it either. I love pajamas, I love my bed, and I love snuggling with my boys who crawl in it every single night. But just this morning I saw a quote on Instagram that said: Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them. My 5:40 alarm comes early, but it’s always worth it. What will you choose?
- Break up your workout: Notice I didn’t say break-up with your workout, I said break it up! If you don’t have a chunk of time for a full 40-60 minute workout, don’t sweat it! Shorter bursts of exercise throughout the day offer benefits too. Get off social media, go for a walk on your lunch break, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away in the parking lot, or do some core exercises while you’re watching your favorite show at night. Any way you can work your way up to exercising 30 or more minutes each day is awesome.
- Tweak traditions: Maybe you have a traditional Saturday movie matinee with your kids, or a standing weekly cocktail date with a friend. Change it up! Swap a sedentary or caloric ritual with a healthier one instead. Go for a bike ride, a hike or an outdoor adventure instead. Instantly add time to your workout bank, AND your memory bank.
- Set a reminder: Sometimes I get so engrossed in a project or task that before I know it, it’s time to pick up the kids from school and I’ve hardly gotten up from my desk. Set a timer or an alarm to remind yourself to take a break and move. The Fitbit and other devices will actually let you know if you haven’t moved for awhile.
As Americans, and especially as women, we think we can manage everything. I don’t care how good you are, you may manage your finances, kids, expectations and lives, but the one thing you can’t manage is TIME. No worries, it’s not personal. No matter what you do, or how hard you try, you will get the same amount of hours, every day, for the rest of your life. Your time is finite. It’s up to you what you do with it.
I bet you’re not great at taking time for yourself. For self care; doing something you love, or taking care of your spirit, soul, mind and body. You secretly wonder if it’s selfish to spend time on you. One of our CORbeliefs is: I AM WORTHY.
Did you know you are worthy of your time? Not after all the work is done. That will never happen! All the work will never be done. No matter how much time it seems you don’t have, you are worthy of carving out some for yourself. I promise when you take care of you, you’ll be better equipped to take care of everyone else.
Time. Where does it go? It’s the one thing we cannot capture, defer, prolong or manage no matter how hard we try. We have what we have. And it’s enough. What matters is what you choose to do with it. You are worthy.