If fitness is a lifestyle – which it should be – then you need ways to fit it into your daily life. The trouble is that it is too easy to get wrapped up in everyday activities. Many people simply do not give the time necessary to develop a plan for making fitness a part of their lives. It just takes a little while to get started.
The first thing you need to do is to take an accounting of what it is you are doing all day every day. Chances are you have little idea of how long you are spending with household chores, cooking and eating, shopping or watching TV. For one week make a diary of the activities that take up your time every day.
Next, make this information into a comprehensive list. Reevaluate the way you spend your time. Do you really want to spend that many hours watching TV? Are you spending enough time with your loved ones? Think about what is important to you.
Once you have considered your true needs and wants create a new document that lists the amount of time you would like to spend doing each activity. Wherever you can, alter your current schedule to bring it closer in line with your desired schedule. What you will end up with is a compromise between your greatest desires and what is practical for you.
If you have included a workout session every day, then that is great. You are well on your way to better fitness. Whether you have done that or not, you need to fit fitness into your day as often as you can. Find ways to incorporate exercise into mostly sedentary activities and to take better advantage of every motion you make.
For example, get a stability ball to work out with as you watch TV. There is no need to sit like a bump on a log while you let the images pass before your eyes. You will make better use of your time if you are working out simultaneously. The good thing about the stability ball is that you can get into positions where it is easy to see the TV and still improve your muscles and balance.
Another example is chores. You have to be up moving to do chores anyway. You can take full advantage of these motions by incorporating exercises into the chores. Do squats as you put away pans in lower cabinets. Do biceps curls with each can or bottle as you put it away in the pantry. Do lunges as you reach for the paper towels. You get the idea: make every part of your daily household chores into an exercise.
You can also make the most of your fitness day when you spend time with your loved ones. Rather than eating at the kinds of restaurants where food is packed with unhealthy ingredients, buy wholesome ingredients and have a cooking party together to make dinner at home. This can create a festive atmosphere and make for a happy and memorable experience.
As you continue to live your life, you can reevaluate the way you fit in fitness. There will probably always be room for improvement, but every change for the better makes a difference.