We are often so consumed by our day to day activities, that we neglect the things that would make a significant impact on the quality of our lives. Exercise is not only vital for improving our physical health, but also our mental well-being.
Just recently I had a conversation with a friend who was going through a difficult period and had many financial and domestic setbacks. As a result, she went through a stage of depression and her weight increased dramatically. Unfortunately, she was told by her doctor she had early signs of diabetes. Admittedly, she had a very unhealthy diet and due to her busy work schedule and home life, she made little time for herself. As a result, her health declined. She knew something had to change immediately, but didn’t know where to start or how she would make time for herself.
How do you make time for exercise and healthy eating when you have such a busy lifestyle? firstly, exercise shouldn’t be seen as a chore. You have to create the habit to make it sustainable. To do this, start off with just a few sessions a week no more than 20 minutes. Most importantly, start with exercises you would enjoy. Whether this is cycling, jogging, tennis, hiking, walking, or a short circuit, make this a part of your weekly routine. You don’t have to exercise for hours or do intense workouts to be fit and healthy. You just have to be consistent and realistic with your goals.
As you become fitter and your energy levels improve, then increase the days, add variety to your workouts to keep it interesting and extend your workout times by 5 minutes. Set a challenge or a goal for yourself, so you have an incentive to work towards. Before long, you would have created a weekly habit of consistent and regular workouts.
The best investment you will ever make is your own health.