Make Your Exercise Time Count in 3 Simple Steps
By Bonnie Pfiester, Fitness Trainer
Diet and exercise are not hard but take time. Unfortunately time is not something most people have a lot of.
Ironically, people end up wasting a lot of time because they don’t manage their time wisely.
They spend too much time doing one thing, not enough time doing important things or wasting time doing anything and everything but the right thing. When people feel as though their effort does not match their results, they give up.
I want to encourage you! Here are 3 simple steps to help you make the most of your time.
1. Take more time to eat less. You look like what you eat more than you look like what you do. The catch is eating right takes time. The whole process starts with grocery shopping. If you don’t shop well, you can’t expect to eat well. Then you have to prepare the food and do whatever it takes to make sure you have healthy food with you at all times. Packing lunches and snacks are a vital part of avoiding temptation.
Paying closer attention to calories and portion sizes will also require some time but the payoff is tremendous.
2. Take less time to exercise more. Many people invest a lot of time in what they would call exercise, but is often just increased activity. Although activity is good for your health, it’s not as effective for weight loss.
Many people are just going through the motions and wasting a lot of time doing minimal effort. Really burn some calories by turning a long morning stroll into a purposeful power walk. If you do weights, train at a higher intensity with less rest in between.
You don’t have to spend three hours at the gym everyday. Commit to one powerful hour three to five days a week and make every minute count! The more quality time you invest, the greater the reward.
3. Take the time to make sure you are not wasting time. This is a biggie. People spend a lot of time and energy on things that don’t work. Fad diets, weight loss gimmicks, books and fitness magazines often lead you to believe weight loss can be easy. It’s our human nature to try the easy way first. In the end, we just waste a lot of time trying to avoid the inevitable. Other people struggle because they completely go it alone with no guidance at all.
A person who is basically guessing their way through their fitness program is doomed for failure. Don’t waste your time floundering around aimlessly. Invest a little time initially to be properly guided. Hire a professional if you need to. Diet and fitness does work.
If you take time to understand why and how it works, you’ll be a lot more motivated to apply it to your own life.