When it comes to exercising or improving our nutrition, we often have plenty of reasons why we can’t make changes.
“I can’t get up earlier and workout, I’m not a morning person”
“I work far too much, I simply don’t have the time to cook from scratch”
“Once the kids are in bed, I barely have energy to blink let alone exercise!”
The List Goes On Right?
Now don’t get me wrong, I know these reasons are valid and often times carry truth.
But these reasons will keep you stuck in the same old patterns that are producing poor results (I have a great blog on Habit patterns, check it out here)
Even as a coach, I struggled for years to find ways to make exercise and healthy eating fit into my lifestyle.
One month I’d nail my training but my nutrition would be laughable.
The next month my nutrition would be impeccable but my training was non-existent.
I just couldn’t Find The Balance
Then I realised I’d been looking at things all wrong…
I’d been trying to ‘cram’ exercise and nutrition into a lifestyle that wasn’t set up to accommodate it.
It was only when I sat down and took a hard look at how I was spending my time each day,
that I discovered how much time I was simply wasting!
Taking a closer Look at my day showed me that I could trim down the waste and gain back valuable time to reach my health and fitness goals.
Let me give you an example…
One of the areas I trimmed back was time spent on social media.
Social Media Is A Really Sneaky Time Vampire
You jump on Facebook for a quick look at Faye’s new puppy photos
And the next thing you know 20 minutes have evaporated and your now sifting through your suggested friend’s list
If you do this several times a day you can lose hours of your life just mindlessly scrolling.
I wanted to find out how much time I was spending on social media, so I switched on ‘Screen Time’ from my phone.
I was shocked to discover I’d been spending over an hour and a half a day on social media. From Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
There’s nothing wrong with this of course, but when I’m struggling to find time to fit in my training and keep on top of my nutrition – this is something that I had to reduce.
I decided to trim social media back to 1 quick session in the morning and voila I now had a 1-hour exercise window
And I’d created some time to cook my food at home (I’d got into the habit of grabbing things on the run)
With one small tweak to my day, I’m now able to able to meet my exercise and nutrition goals.
Try It Yourself
Why not take 5 minutes to look at how you’re spending time each day?
Have a look for areas where time is simply wasted.
By tightening up in a few areas you will create opportunities to get your workouts in and nourish yourself with quality food.
See you in the next blog,
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