Making Time for YOU
By Jamie Hall
To do our best professional work, we focus on quality, not quantity. We focus our full attention on one project at a time, rather than engaging in scattered multi-tasking. How can we do these things even better? By applying the same mindset to a daily exercise routine.
For me, an hour at the gym is key to a successful day. If I don’t go and focus on my workout, then the rest of my day feels scattered and unbalanced. I’m not there to be the best, or the fastest, but it sure does motivate me when others around me are also focused, because I want to do better and push myself. I focus on doing my movements correctly, so I can improve overall.
It’s hard to get to the gym, I know. We ALL have busy schedules. Take it from someone with three small children and a full-time job – you can make time. It’s a gift, not a chore. Without my daily dose of crossfit, my body is just doing the motions and I’m not as productive overall. I check in with myself and check out of my to-do list for just one hour. If you do the same, I promise it will make you more productive, no matter what exercise you choose – yoga, pilates, a jog around the block, meditation, anything that works for you.
Here are some tips for making your workout a success:
Stop making excuses! Block out time on your calendar EVERY DAY for YOU.
Clear your mind. Don’t think about your to-do list.
Push yourself and get your heart rate up.
Make it a habit. Research says it takes about 2 months to form a habit, so stick with it!
Set goals. For example, commit to spending one hour exercising, 2 days a week. As your body adapts to the exercise, add more days to your schedule with a goal of 5 days a week at the end of 60 days.
My gym is a place where I can go and feel great. The network of friendships I’ve built there is amazing. We support each other, encourage each other and keep each other accountable. These are all lessons that I apply to the workplace, too. We’ve become a family, and that makes it easier to carve out time in my day to be there. Finding a gym or a practice that works for you will make you feel awesome. It’s all about mindset and getting out of your comfort zone. I’ve pushed myself to do movements I never thought I could do. It’s empowering when I accomplish something I didn’t know I was capable of!
On the wall at my gym (or “box,” as we crossfitters like to say), are the words of Pat Sherwood, an influencer in the Crossfit world: “The goal is to get fit, make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people and blow off some steam. So, remember that. Relax. Have fun. Work out.”
Make the time, and see the results not only in your overall health, but also in your overall balance. You will be more productive, more confident and happier. In my experience, the lessons I’ve learned at my gym have extended into my daily life and have made me a better person. One hour a day makes my life SO much better.
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