5 Ways to Fit Exercise in a Busy Life

Nowadays everyone is busy. Busy with work, school, family, home chores, etc.  How is it some people are able to balance fitness with their crazy schedules and others are not?

It comes down to priorities and making time. Then eventually it becomes a habit. I’ve been working out regularly for 24 years. For me it is similar to showering. I just do it, whether I want to or not.

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Yoga and Mindful Eating

One of the many benefits of practicing yoga is you start to become more mindful and focused on the present moment.

Mindfulness allows you to take notice to how your body is feeling, your thoughts, and your behavior. Like yoga, it’s a way to connect your body, mind, and spirit.

When you begin to eat mindfully, you are able to slow down and notice how food affects your body. You realize what gives you energy and what does not. You start to notice how food taste and smells. You might even realize that certain foods you’ve always eaten doesn’t taste good anymore.

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Setting an Intention for 2019

I’m not a woo-woo type of person. The closest I get to woo-woo is yoga and meditation; and there are a ton of studies showing the benefits of yoga and meditation that appeases my analytical brain.

At the beginning of 2018, I decided to try my hand at setting an intention for the year. My intention was to live boldly and out of my comfort zone. Now that it’s December, I can honestly say it worked.

Setting a yearly intention has facilitated a path that has gotten me closer to where I want to be in life. It’s not the same as setting goals. Goals are more concrete and have deadlines. Intentions are more of a guiding principle of how to you want to live.

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2018 Year-End Review

Year-End Review

I’m a big fan of conducting year-end reviews and setting intentions. I have only recently started doing them and I noticed a huge change in my life and in myself.

Last December, was the first time I completed a year-end review. I used Boho Berry’s December year-end review as a way to jump start my reflection. I found her prompts helpful to reflect on the past year and set an intention for the next year. It’s fun to look back on the year and see how much progress I’ve made.

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Readiness and Commitment

As part of my yoga teacher training, I’ve been studying the yoga sutras from the book The Path of The Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Bachman and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S. Iyengar.

 

The first chapter of Bachman’s book, is on Atha, Readiness and Commitment, which is translated as an indication of auspicious beginning. Beginnings are often exciting and scary. It takes readiness and commitment to get through the various feelings of beginning a new journey. Bachman discusses how it is important to have an open heart-mind to allow the information to flow in without learned barriers getting in our way. He also discusses how commitment provides stability and structure allowing us to return and maintain a consistent yoga practice.

 

This chapter reminded me of the readiness and commitment one must take when embarking on a journey to improve their health. Instead of seeking instant gratification, we must take the time to truly understand what it is we are seeking then learn what works for our bodies and lifestyle. I believe this is where most people give up and lose steam.

 

 
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Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain muscle, start a yoga practice, improve your current performance or whatever your goals are, the following steps will get you there as long as you have patience.

 

1      Self-refection 

During self-reflection, ask yourself questions until you get to the heart of what you desire. What is it you truly want? I’ll use the example of want to lose 10 pounds. Why? What will life be like without those 10 pounds? It might not be the loss of 10 pounds that will make you happy, but feeling comfortable in your body will. Write down all of the reasons why want to accomplish your goal.

 

2      Self-experiment

This one might take time, but remember this isn’t a sprint. What will fit your lifestyle? Perhaps you don’t have time to workout for an hour, five days a week, but you have time to fit in 30 minutes. What can you get done in 30 minutes that will give you the biggest bang for your time? Write down a few actions that will fit your lifestyle and help you reach your goal. Then take action. If they work great. If not, try something else.

 

3      Commitment 

Now that you’ve taken the time to figure out what fits your lifestyle and is enjoyable, it’s time to commit. Commitment requires you to be consistent, which over time will result in progress. This is where you find the time to do what must be done to reach your goals.

 

Learning, integrating, and repeating positive habits to improve your health over time requires readiness, commitment, and patience. In time you will reach your goal. Then you can set new goals as you continue on your journey.