All or Nothing? Not the Solution

All or Nothing? Not the Solution

As a trainer for many years, I have seen it over and over, where people refuse to commit to something because they don’t have the time right now or are too stressed.  Commitment does not have to be all or nothing.  In fact, I truly believe that is the problem with fitness today.  The “all in” attitude or nothing stops us from making any true life changes that are lasting.  Plus, let’s be honest, with todays schedules, there is never a “good” time to start weight loss program if we look at it that way.  There will ALWAYS be something.

Carving out 10 minutes a day is better than no minutes a day.  Period.  It is up to you to chose if you are going to start making that commitment to at least small changes or not.  Even 1 to 2 days a week of 20 to 30 minutes of exercise will help you maintain your health and happiness.  The key is a plan.  If things are tough, carve out that small bit of time to do it.  Let’s be honest, all of us find time to watch the television, take a break go on Facebook, surf the net, etc….no matter how stressed and busy we are.  And yet, we cannot seem to find a time to carve out those small amounts of time for exercise?


So just as a reminder… here are some very good reasons why, when you are busy and stressed, it is important to keep exercising and to commit yourself to change even if they are small.


Exercise improves your memory and critical thinking skills

Taking care of your body is essential to being a highly effective and productive person.  Countless studies show that regular exercise increases productivity and changes the brain to improve memory and  thinking skills.  Exercise boots the size of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that helps with memory and learning.


Exercise boost happiness and makes you easier to work with

Exercise helps combat stress and depression. Two major things that can hurt us health-wise over time. Plus, being a friendlier person at work will get you far. Studies have found that employees who worked out during the day reported feeling less stressed, happier and more productive than on days they skipped out on exercising.


Exercise helps you to sleep better

Too much stress can lead to sleep loss.  We ruminate on those things that are getting to us in life or work. Exercise helps to counteract that.  Better sleep also makes us less hungry over the day.


Exercise builds self-confidence

Having some extra confidence will always help us to make decisions quicker and faster as we take less time self-doubting our decisions. It makes us more appealing to others (not just because of looks).
Exercise make you better at setting and achieving goals

Countless studies show that people who exercise learn to make goals in not only exercise, but in their life in general.  It provides a good training ground for these behaviors.


So next time you say to yourself…. I don’t want to stress myself out right now as I am just too busy… remember that you are actually acting is a self-defeating way as it is the exact opposite than what you are thinking.  10% commitment is better than no commitment.

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