You Can’t Find Time, You Gotta Make Time
My favorite exercise routine is actually pretty basic – a combination of cardio, toning, stretching and weights. I believe that everyone should begin a new program slowly and build their routine gradually.
When I initially began my regular fitness routine, I discussed my options with my doctor and then tried out several different classes at the gym to discover what I enjoyed. I also hired a trainer for a few sessions to guide me in the right direction. Personal trainers can be expensive, but I thought if I it would be worth the price to get some valuable info from a professional and continue my journey from there. I suffer from a few back issues as well, so I wanted to be certain I would not do myself more harm than good with my exercise routine.
Of course all that is the easy part! The hardest thing about exercise is, well – finding the time to do it! No kidding – I find arranging time in my schedule for physical activity next to impossible. I have come to the conclusion that you simply cannot find time to exercise – the only way to do it is to make time. If you think about it, it is a lot like making an appointment for the dentist (which nobody really likes to do either.) Don’t get me wrong, I really like going for my workouts now, but I certainly did not at first. It took a while.
Obviously, the first step is to find something you enjoy, or there is just no way you will continue the habit. Personally, I’m a social exercise – thus the classes. My sister, on the other hand, is a private exerciser (or maybe more naturally disciplined than I.) She will exercise to a video at home or take the dog for a walk – both good ideas – but just not enough people involved for me. I have found the key to exercising consistently is to find what I really enjoy doing and making it an absolute priority. My plan is to take ballroom dancing this summer – I have dual motivation with this undertaking – I add to my resume, while getting exercise at the same time!