Finding Time

By Jen Gendron: Health & Wellness Coach

When trying to maintain a regular physical activity routine, time can be one of our biggest enemies! There never seems to be enough time or enough hours in the day to get everything done on our endless “to do” lists and unfortunately, taking time for ourselves is often one of the things that gets left out as we fight against the clock. This practice of “putting ourselves last” can really work to our detriment in the long run as sooner or later, if we do not take good care of ourselves, we will experience health issues that force us to slow down and make the time.

Finding balance in my own life is a challenge I face personally, and I have recently begun to participate in a program that has helped me to be more mindful of including at least a little bit of activity in to every day, even when life is busy and I feel that I have “no time”. The challenge is to complete 15 minutes of physical activity every day, followed by 5 minutes of mindfulness and 10 minutes of personal development. Since starting this challenge three weeks ago, I have not missed a day and while most days I work towards getting in my full workout, on days when this doesn’t happen, I know I have gotten in at least the 15-minute minimum.

When we think honestly about the time that we waste in the run of a day on activities such as answering emails, scrolling through Facebook, waiting in a line up for a cup of coffee, etc., we can all find a place to carve out a 15 to 30 minute window in our day. By making this a priority, we can improve not only our physical health, but our mental well-being as well.

By taking the time to take care of ourselves and make our health and well-being a priority, we can improve our daily lives. If you don’t have time to make it to the gym or join a structured exercise class, there are many great programs and challenges online that you can log on to for at home workout ideas. There are many ways to squeeze in those minutes of activity either at home, at work or on the go with no other equipment besides your body weight and a pair of sneakers!

I encourage you as we move in to the busy fall months with children’s activities starting back up, busier work schedules and more on the go, to take the time every day to move your body and focus your mind – you will see just how much more productive you can be by taking this small amount of time to invest in yourself. You are your most important asset!

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