Why Fitness May Be Getting Bounced Off Your “To-Do” List

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I’ve found that many people have the best of intentions when it comes to fitting exercise into their day, but for many reasons it easily gets bounced off of our “to-do lists.” Why?

One reason is because many of us feel guilty giving ourselves any type of self care. We’ll only take care of ourselves once everyone else is cared for, and by that time we’ve lost our motivation because we’re exhausted, frustrated, spent and depleted.

When fitness isn’t a priority, time for exercise also often gets replaced with extra chores or obligations that can be squeezed into our already overly extended schedule. 

Another reason why exercise isn’t part of a routine is because it’s done sporadically. Benefits aren’t felt or seen so motivation drops quickly.

Also, many people just haven’t found a routine that works for them. They either go for the “all or nothing” approach, join a club that’s inconvenient, or begin a routine they don’t enjoy. Finding it too difficult to stay with, enjoy or get to, is an easy reason to give up.

Need a few solutions?

One thing I always suggest is to write exercise into your book/planner as an appointment. Just as you’d respect any other type of appointment, writing it down and treating that way ensures you’ll take the time because you’ve allowed for it and made it a priority.

I also suggest working out in the morning, if possible. You typically have more control over your time, and exercise will be less likely to be bounced off the list as other necessary tasks creep up throughout the day.

The more you understand what works for you, the more you stick with and can enjoy whichever type of exercise program you choose. That’s when you see and feel the benefits, as well.

How do you fit exercise into your day? I’d love to know, comment and share!

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