Life is busy! When there are competing demands for my time, here four strategies I use to prioritize exercise:
Identify the Optimal Workout Time
Right now 6:15 AM is my time. Early morning works for me because (for the most part) the rest of my life doesn’t get in the way. If something does interfere, I can often manage to squeeze in a little exercise later in the day (multiple short walks, evening run, etc.). Another huge motivator - I can dial back the insulin for a couple hours afterward.
With so many tech tools designed explicitly to support the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, why not give some a try? Here’s what I’m using right now:
- Garmin Vivofit / Connect App – A birthday gift from my family two years ago.
- 5kRunner App – This $2.99 investment helped me get in shape for my first 5k.
- Audible.com – The trick? I don’t let myself listen to a book unless I’m out for a run. I found a Groupon for a 3-month trial and I liked it so much, I continued the membership.
- Podcasts – I also listen to podcasts while I run. Current favorites include: The Moth, This American Life, New Yorker Fiction.
Recruit Friends and Family
I don't know about you, but I don't get to see enough of the people I care about. So here’s what I did:
- I got a pedometer for my husband and challenged him to a steps competition. While I know the 10,000 steps are arbitrary, they still serve as a useful milestone. In fact, it was those 10,000 steps that inspired me to start running - because I didn’t have time to walk them all 10,000 of them.)
- I invited friends to walk and/or run with me. It’s good for us all, right?
- I invited a few other friends to go to Zumba with me. Just $5 a class at our local rec center. Great music, great company.
- I signed up for a neighborhood 5k. Did I mention that I
amwas not a runner? (See what I did there? Now I am a runner.)
- I invited my 11-year old to run with me on the weekends. (We take turns playing favorite songs for each other. I love learning what she’s into!)
- I realized that my neighbor goes to the same gym I do. (Now we go to the gym together.)
Vary the Activities
Admittedly, I have a tendency to stick to a routine, so I have to force myself to change it up. Here's what I'm doing now:
- Cardio and weight lifting (2x/week)
- Yoga (1x/week)
- Running (2x/week)
- Fast-walking (1x/week) or Hiking
This post was written for Diabetes Blog Week.
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