Staying Motivated With a Busy Schedule
Every year, you resolve to make positive changes in your life like starting a fitness program and getting into shape. In the beginning, you’re all gung ho, excited and ready to take on the world! But alas, your schedule is full and before long, there’s just not enough time to do everything. Within a few weeks, motivation wanes and you slide back into your old way of life.
After a long day at work the last thing you want to do is exercise, right? You’re already tired and you still have to stop at the supermarket, cook dinner, and do laundry. But what you’d really like to do is kick off your shoes, plop down on the sofa, and just relax.
In this busy world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and ready to give up. So how can you stay motivated with a busy schedule like yours?
Make a Commitment
One of the first things you should do is go beyond those resolutions and make a real commitment to yourself to be physically active. Without honest commitment, all sorts of obstacles will get in your way and prevent you from reaching your fitness goals.
To help you keep that commitment, ask yourself, “WHAT motivates me to exercise?”
It could be that you’re the kind of person who isn’t easily motivated. When you lack motivation, you’re NOT going to faithfully work out. The convenient excuse that you’re just too tired will become your crutch and you’ll stay in the old same rut. But you need to search deep down inside for the best reasons to become and stay physically active—reasons that will ignite a flame within you, get you up off your derriere, and drive you to keep moving!
Examples of reasons to exercise could include:
- “I’ll lose the extra weight I put on over the past year.”
- “Once I lose those pounds, I’ll finally be able to squeeze into my old jeans again.”
- “I’ll look better!”
- “I’ll feel healthier and more energetic.”
- “People will pay more attention to me.”
Yes, there ARE only 24 hours in a day. But you deserve at least a few minutes of that time and that means MAKING TIME for yourself. Regardless of what else demands your attention, you need to become a priority in your busy schedule. If you intend to keep that commitment to get in shape and stay in shape, you have to set aside some time to exercise and you must honor that time.
If you decide, for instance, that you’re going to work out for 20 minutes each day, you need to schedule 20 minutes on your daily calendar to exercise. Early mornings may be a good time to get in those workouts—before you get busy with all your other demands and before you’re too tired to exercise. However, whatever time of day works best for you is the best time to exercise. Just stick with those plans!
Make Your Dreams Come True
Dare to dream and believe that your dreams can come true. Dreaming builds hope and desire and motivation. If you never dream, your life will never change. You’ll have no expectations and you’ll simply accept the way things are.
Don’t get so caught up that you never move forward. Dream. Then, shoot to make those dreams come true! You can have the body you’ve always wanted. You can look great in those jeans or that swimsuit. You can feel better than you’ve felt in years. Believe it. Own it.
Negativity will only drag you down, so avoid negativity at all times. Whenever you feel a negative thought trying to creep inside your mind, stop it in its tracks! Replace that negative thought with a positive thought. There is power in positive thinking; optimism can have an empowering effect on all aspects of your life.
If you constantly tell yourself that you’re excited and motivated about your new active lifestyle, you will be excited and motivated about being active. You’ll actually look forward to your fitness routines. As your optimism keeps you motivated and on track, you’ll begin to notice improvements in your endurance, flexibility, strength, and appearance. And as you see improvements, you’ll feel even more pumped up to exercise. You have nothing to lose by being positive and everything to gain!
As Nike Says, “Just Do It!”
Get motivated and stay motivated. Stop with the excuses. Make that commitment. Dare to dream. And strive to always be positive!