Making Time

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September 7th, 2008

Sometimes being healthy seems like a full time job. You have to eat the right foods, stay away from junk, exercise instead of watching TV and find a way to fit this into your already busy schedule. Having a 9-5 job definitely doesn't help the situation, especially if you have to wake up even earlier to make food, drop the kids off and then pick them up in the afternoon. Unfortunately, you have to do something, and living an unhealthy life isn't be an option.

There are two types of people: those that find time to be healthy and those that make time. Those that have to make time are in an especially tough situation. It might seem like you don't have any extra time to give. Between going to your son's soccer game and taking him to the dentist, when is it even possible to exercise and cook healthy?

You need to start somewhere and starting off slow isn't a bad thing. For exercise, start by going once a week. Surely you can find a time one time each week to devote 30-60 minutes to your health. Once you make a time slot for this exercise, do everything in your power to keep it.

After you successfully keep this 1x per week routine for 2-3 weeks, start increasing the amount you exercise by 1x per week until you reach at least 3x per week. Make this change as slow or as fast as you feel comfortable with. Food is a little more difficult but the same theme of slow change will work just as well. If you eat junk throughout the day, start your first week by making only 1 meal out of the day healthy.

Once you figure out how to do that (everyone will have a different solution) you can start to work on different meals. The key to success with making your life healthier is to make slow changes that you can handle. You obviously won't be able to squeeze 60 minutes of exercise into your schedule everyday on top of cooking healthy meals and preparing snacks.

This is why you do things gradually. Small changes are a lot easier to manage giving you a better shot at succeeding. Good habits just like bad habits are hard to break. Once you get into a rhythm of doing good things, you'll find they get easier and easier to do.