By JAI FAITH

You know how it is.  We have a “to do” list that involves daily routines, events and/or goals we want achieved. Some enjoy writing and checking off as completing it while others keep adding to it and feeling discouraged when the list gets longer.  What does the “to do” list have to do with your health?  Simple… if your health is not a priority, it will not make the cut on the “to do” list and it fall into the “I didn’t have time” category.   In fact, according to a report from the New York Post in January 2019, 42% of Americans say they don’t have time to work out and 23% says work gets in the way.  
 
Let’s briefly take a look at some statistics on why taking care of your health through exercise and eating clean should be added on the “to do” list.  According to the American Institute of Stress… 
. Work stress causes 10% of strokes
. Stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease
. 3 out of 4 trips to the doctor are from stress related ailments 
. 40% of stressed people overeat or eat unhealthy food
. 44% lose sleep every night 
. Stress related ailments cost the nation 300 Billion every year in relation to medical bills and loss productivity 
 
Exercise helps reduce the feeling of stress.  According to ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), “when stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.” 
 
So let’s tackle some of the barriers I hear as a Licensed Personal Trainer and Bootcamp instructor.  
 
“I don’t know what to do in the gym especially since I suffer from…” 
There are benefits from exercise for those suffering from back, joint pain or injuries.  The beauty of exercising in our P.I.T. class is that you have a licensed private trainer guiding you the whole time.  If there is a guideline given by a client’s doctor on exercises to assist in strengthening or exercises to avoid due to an injury, our instructors are knowledgeable and proactive in helping you get results.  That is a lot different then heading to a gym and figuring it out yourself.  
 
Adding to that benefit is that if time is an obstacle of your health making the “to do” list, our class is one hour.  Get in and get out.  Not only is our high-intensity interval training effective in strengthening your heart health but it gets more results in less time.  Since we also pair you with a partner, there are periods of rest and recovery while your partner performs the exercise and you cheer them on.   
 
Finally, our workout system focuses on training individuals safely as if they were athletes.  Our strength training exercises assist clients in performing everyday life activities, increase their endurance, increase the stability around their joints and strengthen muscles. 
 
What does your “to do” list look like?  Are there events or habits that take out a chunk of time that can be allotted to empowering your health?  How do you spend your day?  Can you go to bed a little earlier to wake up earlier to work out or eat a home cooked meal as opposed to drive through.  What can be changed so exercise can be treated like an appointment and priority on your “to do” list?  
 
According to the article “Want to Have More Time? Stop These 13 Biggest Time Wasters” from Linked In, we can carve out more time in our 24 hours.  Here are a few time wasters that were mentioned and I hear quite a bit standing in the way of prioritizing health.  
 
  1. Task Jumping:  Starting one task and moving to another one before completing a project.  If we can discipline our focus to stay on task, we will complete items sooner. 
  2. Social Media:  Constantly checking our social media takes away time from completing what we need to complete sooner which takes away time from exercise or meal prep.
  3. Saying “Yes” to events or obligations that are not necessary:  Try to keep your calendar clear.  Being busy does not always mean being productive. 
  4. Procrastinating:  Do the task on your “to do” list that you enjoy least as your first items.  When we save those for last, we naturally take longer doing what we love to avoid the dullness of the task we don’t feel like doing. 
 
 
I always say that we find time for the things that matter most to us.  Prioritizing your health will allow you to do the other items on your list at 💯.  Exercise and eating healthy naturally gives us more energy.  Time is one of those things in life we just can’t get back so choose wisely how you want to spend this precious resource.  

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