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Small Changes Can Make a Difference In Finding Time To Work Out

By Raelynn Coombs

Are you trying to take off a few pounds? Maybe you just want to have more energy and feel better. Are you saying to yourself, "When can I find the time?" Well, small changes in your everyday lifestyle can make a difference.

Our society has actually made it easy for us to "find the time". When you hear the word technology, do you think, "Wow! Technology sure has made my life easier", "Technology, what's technology," Or do you say to yourself, "If only we could live in a world without all the fancy technology, my life would be so much better." I would be willing to bet that almost all of us are NOT thinking the latter. Just think about how bad obesity has gotten. According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity has risen at an epidemic rate in the Unites States during the past 20 years.

Think back to the days before technology. There were no washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, or microwaves. People had to grow their own vegetables and hunt for food. Not only were chores time consuming, they also provided exercise. Now we don't have to worry about taking up all that time throughout the day just living. There are so many things that technology has done for our society! This should create more time for all of us right? Wrong! It seems that although we have all of these time saving inventions, we still don't have enough time to stay fit and healthy because of other commitments with which we have filled those time slots. Just stop and really think about what you do daily. Is there anything that you can cut out of your day that is not absolutely necessary? Do you ever watch television? Do you unnecessarily surf the net? I'm not saying stop doing these things. I'm just saying if you tell yourself that you can not find the time to fit in a twenty minute walk or a thirty to forty-five minute strength training session, think again. When I started changing my lifestyle, I realized that I watched too much television. There were certain programs that I just couldn't miss. When I couldn't fit in a workout, I started taping my "had to see" shows and watching them at a later time so that I could fit in a workout. Do you have family obligations that prohibit you from working out? Delegate some of these things to other family members if possible. If you're a parent of young children, maybe Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, or an older child can take on some of the responsibilities. You CAN find a way to fit in a workout. Even if it is fifteen minutes three different times throughout the day. Any exercise is better than none at all. There is always going to be something to stop you from exercising, but there is always a way to work it out.

I will give you a short scenario of my life. I have three daughters (ages 1,4, and 13), a husband, two home businesses, I work outside the home two nights a week, and do daily household chores. My days are very busy. I still make the time to workout six days a week and spend quality time with my family. Whether it is five a.m. before the kids are awake or 10 p.m. after they are in bed, I make it happen. No one said it was easy, but it can be done. Sure there are days that I don't feel like working out, but when I get started, I feel so much better about it. There are also days that I miss a workout maybe because of a needy, ill child or maybe I'm not feeling well. Those days are very few, but they will and do happen.

So, take a look at your daily routine and make some changes. Here is a short list of things that could make a difference.

  1. Take the stairs whenever possible instead of the elevator or escalator.
  2. Park in the back of the parking lot instead of close to the front.
  3. Start out slow and find one thing in your diet that you can cut out. Examples: Soft drinks, something sweet that you eat every day, fried foods, butter, etc.
  4. Take a pair of tennis shoes to work and take a walk during lunch if possible.
  5. When you go out to eat, make sure it is a place where you can order something healthy.
  6. If you must have bread, (and I must) eat wheat bread instead of white.
  7. Have a bottle of water with you at all times. Drink plenty of water.
  8. Carry a snack pack with you in your vehicle for those times when hunger just overtakes you. This way you will not overeat when you finally get to that point. Example: Bottled water, nuts, fruit, and pretzels.
  9. Pre-plan your day the night before. Including meals, and exercising. This helped me.
  10. If you feel hungry when you know you really shouldn't be, brush your teeth. This might make food taste a little less appealing.

These are just a few things that could help. Try adding some of these changes to your lifestyle. They might just help you.

Raelynn Coombs is the owner and Certified Personal Trainer of Get Fit To Go. The American Council On Exercise, the largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization in the world, has certified Raelynn as a Personal Trainer. She has been training and also personal coaching at her local YMCA for the past year. Coombs started Get Fit To Go not only because of her desire to work in the fitness industry, but also so that she could have a flexible schedule to be home for her three daughters.

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