Another great article from the zenhabits blog: 20 Small Actions to Create a Fit Environment. Leo Babauta talks about how to remove the barriers that get in the way of getting fit. It seems so easy to “go with the flow” and not make the changes needed to get healthy, even when we realize how important it is. I like Leo’s suggestions for simple things that break down the barriers (i.e., excuses).
Personally, the “I don’t have time,” excuse was the biggest one for me. I think, in a way, I resented spending time on exercise because it took away from “me” time. Except, “me” time was usually watching TV, reading, playing on the computer, etc. The big change for me was thinking of exercise time as “me” time, because it really is for me – in a much bigger way. Now, I get up at 4:30am every week day (later on weekends) to get in some exercise. That’s only about 30 minutes earlier than I was getting up anyway, but I’ve also been doing things the way Leo suggests – prepping for the morning, so I would have more time. I’m now able to run and do weight training four times a week, swim three times a week and do yoga twice a week. Since I can read or watch TV when running, I still get plenty of the traditional “me” time. (BTW, I’m not a safety hazard – I run on a treadmill! 🙂