SNM117: Stay Fit Even When You’re Busy
It’s the rainy season, and that means it can be hard to get a chance to work out. If it’s raining during my two primary exercise windows, it’s very easy to slack off on my fitness. But the price is just so darn high….
Your House is Your Gym
I love buying gear, and I am the first one to admit that. Whenever I start a new hobby, gear shopping is absolutely my favorite part of the process.
With how much I travel, building up a big home gym can be a hassle.
At my last house, I had a pretty sweet setup – but where I live now, there isn’t room for a bunch of stuff.
When you travel it’s really difficult to bring an exercise bike or a treadmill; they don’t fit on the plane.
There are plenty of ways to get great exercise and get your heart pumping using the world around you.
You don’t need a machine to help you do situps or pushups.
Your body and gravity are more than enough to get started.
Break Through the Excuses
The real problem is that I am always looking for any excuse not to work out.
I have a love/hate relationship with exercise that’s hard to explain but probably something most people can relate to.
The part where you get started with the workout is a nightmare for me, but once I’m one minute in it’s not so bad.
We all find different excuses not work out:
- I don’t have enough time
- I don’t have the equipment I need
- I don’t want to work out in public
I have a million of them, and it’s why my weight is a constant struggle.
The key is to develop a pattern where you assume you will exercise every morning.
Having two kids and a lot of transitions in my life right now are affecting my ability to work out.
Sharing my exercise experiences with you helps me to stay the course.
Build the Infrastructure of Fitness
I have a few rules that help me to stay on course with my fitness regime.
The first is that I don’t buy my own food.
Everything I eat passes through my wife’s hands.
That is why there are no cookies, chips, and snacks in my house.
Occasionally, I go on a late night refrigerator forage, but there is nothing unhealthy in there.
Just not having bad stuff in the house really helps.
I also get in my exercise with my wife, one of the kids or my dog.
Every day I do something with someone else.
Working out alone stinks, but going for a kayak trip with my son is amazing.
And catching a wave with my daughter is pure bliss.
Hold Yourself Accountable
I’m not the paragon of fitness by any means.
I cover the health and fitness topic because it is one of my greatest areas of struggle.
Keeping it public forces me to be more accountable to myself.
Track your weight and other numbers using any method that works for you.
It’s when we stop paying attention, or we avoid stepping on the scale, that problems can start to slip into our lives.
- Try different sports that don’t need equipment
- Get a program on your phone or computer
- Keep it ready and stay healthy!
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