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How To: Time Management

When it comes to time management, which one of these three is your excuse?

 

  1. I already get up very early for work or the kids
  2. I’m exhausted after work so it’s hard to get motivated
  3. I only have a 30 minute lunch hour

 

Whatever excuse you tell yourself, analyze it and ask yourself if any of those excuses are more important than your health, your life. So many times people ask me how I have time to prepare my meals or go for a run or get to the gym. My answer is, time management and commitment.

Prioritize your week and your days.

There may be two mornings that you can take 30 minutes to do an exercise video before week. Pair that with a hike on Saturday and one night class of Zumba and you will be working out four times a week! Typically in a 45 minute workout session you may burn anywhere between 200-500 calories. So, on average you could be burning an extra 1,600 calories per week!It all adds up, but it won’t add up unless you do it. Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things a person can do for themselves and for the people that care for them. If you don’t have good health, you don’t have much. Think of it that way the next time you want to use one of the above excuses.

Once you have scheduled out your week, try adding in some preparation for your meals.

Cook six chicken breasts to have for a few days. You can throw them on a salad, have them for dinner or make a healthy sandwich. If you have it prepped and ready you will less likely grab for something quick and unhealthy when you come home from a hard days work starving. I recently was traveling the past few weeks and packed healthy snacks while I was on the go. I know that if I don’t have it available to me and easily accessible I’ll be more likely to grab something unhealthy which is typically always available in airports and in hotels. Throw in an apple, greek yogurt or protein shake in your work bag. If your prepped your set!

Take it back to the start – manage your time and you can manage your health.