Are You Really Too Busy?

 

“I don’t have time to cook!”

 

“I’m too busy; I’ve got way too much on my schedule already, without trying to squeeze in exercise as well”

Does this sound like you?  Be honest, we’ve probably all said it at some point, some of us more than others.  And you’ve probably never really stopped to think twice about it.  It’s the modern curse; life gets busier and busier and you feel like you can only just manage do everything that you need to, let alone think about things like regular exercise or eating better.
Okay, so now I’d like you to re-read that last sentence and think about it for a minute.  If you’re thinking or saying that, chances are that you’re not looking after yourself.  And what you should do next is take a minute to ask yourself why – why isn’t your health and happiness a priority?  I could throw all sorts of quotes at you at this point, but let me just say that life is short and you’ll enjoy it a whole lot more if feel good everyday.
I’m not going to muck around here, or sugar coat it for you – living a healthy lifestyle these days is hard.  There are so many fast and convenient options available when it comes to food and the bottom line is that most of them will not nourish your body, nor will they satisfy your appetite.  You really do need to cook most of your meals to be healthy, it’s that simple.  And yes, it takes time.  But guess what?  If you take a little bit of time to plan and prepare, it’s not impossible.

“Take care of your health before it’s too late!”

So if you’ve decided that it would be good idea to change a few things in your diet, what should you do next?  The first step is to decide that eating better is a high priority and you will make time for it, then you can sit down, look at your schedule and work out the best time to do your menu planning, grocery shopping and meal prep.  The weekend is a great time – diarise it as an appointment so that it happens – be warned, you may have to exchange some TV or Facebook time!  I also have FREE guides to help you with these tasks – just download the Starter Pack from my home page.

Now let’s move on to exercise.  Exercising regularly should be about complementing a healthy lifestyle.  It doesn’t have to take hours and hours in the gym performing exercises that you don’t enjoy.  You don’t need to overthink it, but you do need to work out what you enjoy so that you will stick with it.  I think the most important thing is to set realistic goals – there’s a big difference between getting yourself a bit fitter and stronger vs. training for a bodybuilding competition.  We’d all love to have six-pack abs, but that’s not a realistic expectation for most of us because the hard truth is that it takes a LOT of sacrifices.  However, that’s no excuse to not exercise.

So again, you need to decide that exercise is a high priority; work out what you are going to do, schedule it in your diary and DO IT!  If you’re not doing anything at all, don’t try to do too much at once, start with walking three times a week and increase it from there.

“The hardest part is getting started.”

It really is!  But you only have to take the first step on your own; once you’ve decided that your health is important, there is lots of help out there.  You can find anything you need with some research on the internet – recipes, exercise plans and healthy lifestyle ideas. Now go and check out the program page to find out more about how I can help you. 

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