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5 Ways of Making Exercise a Priority

It seems that every year gets busier and busier. Sometimes it seems like there are not enough hours in a day. We have spent years trying to cram more activity into our daily routines, but now is the time to prioritize what is important, our long-term wellbeing., “There is never enough time in the day to do everything we need and want to do to, but it never fails that we gravitate towards the wants if the needs are not mandated by work or other commitment. Working out should be a “need to” not a “want to” and should be scheduled into our day just like any other important appointment. Working out helps with stress, improves sleep, and of course affects our physical appearance as well. Don’t find the time, make the time!”, explained Bryan Whatley, CEO.

Here are 5 ways to help make sure exercise is a priority in your life.

1. Schedule your workouts like you schedule your meetings. Mark them on your calendar, schedule in advance and don’t reschedule.

2. Early to bed and early to rise. Working out first thing in the morning is often easier to manage because competing priorities from your day won’t have time to interrupt your plans. You might try to go to bed a little earlier so that getting up a little earlier is easier. Plan for your day in advance. Lay out your clothing for tomorrow, pack your lunch, etc. anything you can do to free up time in the morning.

3. Find a workout facility that is close to home or work. It you are having to go out of your way it might be easier to find an excuse to not go.

4. Work out with an accountability partner. Scheduling a time to workout with a friend or significant other might make it easier to find the time in your schedule.

5. Turn off the TV and put down the phone, for just a little while. The average American watches approximately 3 hours of TV and uses their phone for approximately 5 hours a day. Just giving up a little of this electronic stimulus will free up a significant time for other pursuits.