So often friends, acquaintances, or clients say to me, "I don't know how you find the time to exercise." "How can you take the time away from everything else and get away to exercise?" "I wish I could actually focus on myself and exercise."
Exercise to me is self care. It produces endorphins faster than any other activity I engage in. It reduces my stress, keeps me healthy, increases flexibility, and gives me more energy to be on point with my busy kids and my demanding job.
My exercise isn't extravagant and it doesn't take too much time. Here's my secret. I always work exercise into my week. I PLAN it on Sundays and put it in my calendar as an appointment. I also share it with my entire family. Everyone knows when I'll be exercising and they all respect it. Sometimes (let's be real, most times) my plans blow up due to business ownership emergencies, sick kids, or what not. The first thing I do when this happens is take care of the very thing that is side tracking my self care and then put the exercise I missed right into another available spot in my calendar.
I own a very busy business with multiple practitioners, hence my week is atypical and unpredictable. I have two kids who play sports, I'm married, and I have a dog that also needs attention. Nobody is lacking in attention and I'm also providing a great example to my children.
It's all about priorities. Since self care is my priority and exercise is my avenue I make it work. Maybe exercise isn't your avenue for self care. What is? We'd love to hear it and maybe motivate others in our community! Don't give up on yourselves. We are here to help.