I am a huge advocate of waking up an hour earlier and using that time to work out
I have always found a way to remove or work around most barriers. I have been led an active lifestyle since age 18. When I didn’t have children leading an active life was easy. I went to the gym a few times a week and ran regularly. Having children was a barrier I had to work around, when they were very young, I would walk everywhere and use exercise DVDs at home.
Once I had returned to work, I ran towards home once a week or ran in my lunch hour.
My inspiration to be active was witnessing family members succumb to diabetes and hypertension which are prevalent in the Caribbean community. I decided I would do my best not to develop either of these conditions by making a habit of leading an active lifestyle.
I find the best way to incorporate exercise into my routine is to look for regular gaps in my week and decide on the best days/times to fit exercise in. I am a huge advocate of waking up an hour earlier and using that time to work out. The following also are things that help me:
- Book your exercise session into your diary/calendar and set it as a recurring event.
- If you have children and your child does an extra-curricular activity out of school use that time to exercise.
- Use your lunch hour to move your body
- Be flexible and realistic