Life is very busy for most of us and as we try to balance work, hobbies, chores, bills, kids and their activities, add the significant other and all she has planned and not to mention many other life details, we find ourselves with a negative balance in the time factor. To say it is difficult to maintain any exercise program would be an understatement of the year.
We men know too well that exercise is probably one of the most important parts of our lives as provider, boyfriend, husband, friend, father, employer, employee, the list goes on. Working out and exercising gives the all importance balance to every guy and it’s fun especially if it’s a sport or past time that we really enjoy such as karate, football, jogging, lifting weights. You name your favorite exercise.
So then, how do we keep our exercise program in the right prospective and as a strong priority? Life has many hard choices that we deal with each and every day. Like all those choices we make, we have to be flexible when it comes exercise. It’s important that we understand that unexpected things arise and we have to roll with the punches when it comes with trying to stick with an exercise program. Yet let too many things get in the way and we’ll find ourselves last on our priority list of “Honey Do’s” and end up a “Honey Don’t” as neglecting our health means we can’t take care of anyone or anything else. If you can’t even lift yourself off the couch due to lethargy, lack of mental and/or physical desire, health conditions, then how can you possibly do all those other things that everyone needs you to do?
So how’s a guy supposed to juggle all the things he needs to juggle? How are we supposed to maintain an exercise program or workout routine? One of the things we can do is to be creative and be flexible (no pun intended). Look for those non-scheduled opportunities to make up the workout you had to forfeit due to unforeseen events. Be creative with your workouts, in other words. There are many chances to throw in some exercise. It may sound silly and totally untraditional but it works.
Chances to work out are everywhere. Exercise opportunities show up as a set of stairs to run up and down to get in your workout during cold days when you can’t head outside. It could be as simple as three dining room chairs to perform dips or pushups to work on the upper body. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator at the work office is another great chance. During your work day, pull away from the computer chair for five or ten minutes every hour and do some stretches. Keep a set of dumbbells at your work place.
Maybe when your SO is shopping at the mall, you can do some power walking around. Think outside the box. It’s not just the senior citizens who gain health and fitness benefits from mall walking. Let’s say you have to take your child to ball practice, while waiting around for the practice to start, exercise with the team. Do some calisthenics, jog around the area, throw in some hardcore wrestling with your buddies or your kids. Well, you get the idea.
In order to bring balance and juggle what we need to juggle, it’s important that we prepare mentality for our personal time. Guard that personal time. Guard that precious exercise/fitness time. Sometimes we just have to make sure that we get time to workout regardless. Just like watching tv or hanging out with the guys, we just have to make time for it and make it a priority as this keeps us sane and gives us a break so that we can tackle all the other things in life. And this is how we maintain an exercise program, one that will benefit all.