Archives for the month of: August, 2012

Are you one of those people that finds themselves lamenting that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone fit in a workout?

Of course you don’t have a spare hour in the day. I don’t know a single person that finds themselves sitting for an hour, staring at the wall with nothing to do. No one does. If you want time to fit in your workout, you have to CREATE it.

You may not have a huge chunk of spare time to fill up, but you do have small bits of time that you can pull together. And for those rare few that don’t even have that, you will have to rearrange, consolidate and delegate, but you can do it.

Still skeptical? Here are some simple ways to free up time in your day. Pick the ones that pertain to your situation and create more time for workouts, leisure activities, or to just sit and relax.

Find your time suckers. Take a day or two, and write down everything you do. How much time do you devote to checking Facebook? Surfing the Internet in general? Watching TV? Cleaning the house? You don’t even need to eliminate these time sucks, some of them are necessary, but they eat up a lot of minutes every day. Simply cutting the time you devote to them each day can easily free up a lot of time.

Save errands for one day. Instead of running to the store once a day, or the bank a few times a week, save everything up for one trip, one day a week.

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Eat your veggies. We’ve heard it since we were children. But what’s so great about veggies, anyway?

1. You can fill up for free. Fiber makes veggies virtual freebies. Because of the fiber in vegetables, eating them causes you to get fuller faster meaning you will eat less over the course of your meal. Combine that with the fact that they are so low calorie (cupfuls clock in at under 100 calories), and you have the perfect recipe for eating to your heart’s content, guilt-free.  How often do you hear that? In addition, since veggies are so complex and fibrous, the body uses almost as many calories just to chew, swallow and digest them as there are in the vegetables themselves. You’d have to stuff yourself on vegetables before the calories even begin to add up.  Learn to use this to your advantage: Fill up on your veggies first, like starting each meal with a small salad so you eat less of the more calorie dense foods overall.

2. They hydrate you. Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. You get hydration from the foods you eat, too, and veggies are one of the best sources. The moistest, juiciest vegetables are the ones richest in water, so if you are sick of swigging on water all day, toss cucumbers, celery, lettuce, bell peppers and squash into your grocery cart.

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We all wish there were more hours in the day- or maybe just less to do in the hours that we do have. Either way, it can be tough to manage the demands of everyday life, like work and family, and still find time to focus on yourself and your health. If it feels like you have very little left in your tank after taking care of everyone else needs, it’s time to make a change. The easier the change, the easier it is to stick to, so here are some easy ways to create more time in your schedule for your workouts.

First of all, you have to make your health a priority. Your health comes first: before kids, before work, before friends. If you don’t have your health, you aren’t going to be around to take care of and enjoy those other responsibilities so make being the best you you can be #1 on your list.

Use your workouts as your “me” time and stick to it. Make your intentions to devote an hour to your own health everyday well known to those around you and stick to it. Pop in your headphones, hit the gym or the open road and focus on you. Exercise does wonders for easing anxiety, reducing stress and boosting endorphins, so recharge your batteries with a nice sweaty workout that will leave your mind clear and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

Use your workouts as your social hour, too. If you usually unwind with a happy hour with friends, a trip to the coffee shop, shoe shopping, etc., turn those social activities into social workouts. Go for a walk, a day hike, or take a fitness class with gals pals. Shoot hoops, play golf or hit a boot camp with the guys instead of watching the game and swilling beer. You’ll have just as much fun, will be taking a step toward your goals instead of away from them and set a great example for your friends.

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