Fitting Fitness In

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It is that time of the year again. It is time to overindulge and then moan about it next year.

For any busy person, fitting a fitness routine into your schedule is daunting and seemingly impossible. How many lives follow a strict routine? None. Even if your calendar is detailed and pristine, life will eventually mess it up. That is chaos.

This is the month of holiday parties, family gatherings and discounted ham. The spirit of the holidays invokes us to satiate ourselves with things we do not typically eat, and we often ignore moderation. By the time the new year rolls around, we promise to do better to avoid things that might be unhealthy.

The truly unhealthy thing here is your mindset. There is nothing wrong with indulging occasionally. The key is maintaining an active lifestyle. Balance is something that eludes most of us. Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand. Our doctors preach this to us every time we go in for your annual checkup, but end up focusing on one or the other.

Putting a laser focus on one will create pressure and stringent guidelines for us. In most cases we develop a self-imposed tunnel vision about our diet. It usually centers on avoiding and cutting out certain foods. Depriving yourself of things you love is unhealthy. At the end of the year, You relapse and develop guilt — all because of fruitcake.

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If you find yourself a victim of this insanity, then take a step back. Instead of overregulating your diet, focus on getting ample exercise. No, you won’t end up diving into intensive marathon training. Don’t sign up for unnecessary gym memberships.

Setting up a fitness schedule requires two things discipline and mercy. Discipline is important in helping you to maintain any sort of routine. Even dedicating ten minutes a day can help to drastically improve your physical health. Mercy is to stop you from berating yourself for the occasional slip-up. Life is unpredictable and it is fine to skip a day if you forget or you are in a bit of a bind. Just focus on exercising your discipline afterwards by keeping up all of your other fitness commitments.

Even though the busiest season of the year, you can find ten minutes every day to dedicate to a healthier you. You don’t have to wait for a new year to improve yourself. After all, you are still living while you're waiting for the countdown on the clock. Why put off something you can start now? Have mercy on yourself for all past “food transgressions” and exercise discipline by setting aside a few minutes every day for a quick workout. Results are not immediate, but they are sweeter than gingerbread cookies.