How I Make Time to be Physically Active
Our life is a constant struggle against time pulling us toward our mortality. My only prayer has always been that I want to be able to move around and be physically active until my last day on earth. Someone asked me the other day, “How do you make time to always stay so physically active?” I answered, “What kind of question is that? Do you ever ask anybody how they make time to bath, brush teeth, eat or sleep?” Long ago, I realized that exercise is the foundation of my health, and everything else is built on and absolutely depends on its stability. I have always had a very healthy relationship with my physical body. I understand what it wants from me, and in turn, my physical body understands my expectations from it, and it never disappoints me. Our relationship is based on a certain kind of mutual respect.
There are so many different reasons as to why exercise is vital in my life. It provides better general health, more energy, strength, stamina, and flexibility. It improves my mood, my memory, and my focus. It creates a balance between my body and my soul.
Being aware of its importance, I try to design a personal fitness program for myself. I make a list of all the possible activities I could do, like hiking, bicycling, walking, boating, playing tennis, swimming, going to the gym, and, at times, seasonal activities like skiing. Sometimes I just play the music loud and dance around the room. Sometimes, if I have an idle few minutes, I throw my yoga mat on the floor and do a few stretches. Sometimes, if I am missing a friend I have not seen for a while, I give her a call and suggest we could go for a walk and then have cup of coffee.
When I get up in the morning, crawl out of the bed, and say good morning my new day, in order to wake up my body as well, I start doing some stretches and some jogging in place. I follow this with a few minutes of meditation and some yoga breathing.
I always make sure to keep my gym bag and my running shoes in the trunk of my car, in case I get a few minutes to go to the gym or for a walk. I mostly do my own yard work and house work as much as I can. Some Sundays, I wash my own car. I am always running up and down the stairs of my house, and I always ditch the elevator in favor of taking the stairs at work. I park my car really far away from where I am going. I try not to sit in front of computer and try not to allow it to become my master and my means of entertainment. Instead, I take the time to go do some outdoor activities. When talking on the phone, brushing my teeth, or waiting in line, I do my calf or ab exercises. I also do my simple yoga poses in the shower while humming my favorite tune.
So here it is, some of my secrets on how I make time for myself to be physically active, fit, healthy, and wearing a big a smile on my face. What is your secret?