With commutes, kids, and commitments, it seems there’s never enough time in the day to do the one thing that can push you forward on your Productive Creative Road: Exercise. With exercise comes endorphins, serotonin, as well as, reduced cortisol levels. These are just a few of the ways that your body regulates you to bring clarity and focus. With these 7 hacks, you can hack away at your time excuse and start restoring the balance of hormones used to make you feel good, bring sharper focus and get you on the highway to Productive Creativity for your life and your business.
1. Skip the gym – Regardless of the bombardment of gym advertisements you received at the beginning of the year, there is ZERO need for them. You’re too busy for that nonsense. If you’re serious about becoming fit, or staying that way, take the “I don’t have time to make it to the gym” band aid out of your excuse first aid kit. What you do have time for is an effective workout at home.
2. Drop the equipment – You’ve seen the Mr./Mrs. Olympias out there, they NEED equipment. You don’t. You’re striving for business fit, not steroid fit. All you need is YOU to get into the best fitness for your business.
3. Forget working out 30-60 minutes at a time – The thinking that you need 30-60 minutes of exercise daily is old school…and unattainable. Studies show that max exertion for shorter periods of time are as beneficial as long stints on the treadmill or bike. With HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), you can get your gymless/equipmentless/SHORT workout done with only the expenditure of a lot of energy. HIITs rock you and they rock you hard. But, in 15 minutes, you’ve managed a workout that maximizes your body’s burn, your oxygen flow and you heart/brain muscle building capacity.
4. Be a thief – Time isn’t going to present itself. When it comes to doing something you don’t want to do, it will find a way to run from you instead. You have to steal Minutes when you see them arise. Some people can find a few minutes before bed. Some can find it before they start their day. Some can steal some time before dinner. When is the best time for you to move it?
5. Be an early riser – Regardless of whether or not you can workout in the morning (I can’t), you can still get other things done that will free your few moments for exercise later in the day (this is what works best for me).
6. Be proACTIVE – Even just thinking about exercising makes you feel good (noticed how psyched you get looking at fitness mags?). But DOING it is what brings the focus and clarity to your creativity. When you find yourself in front of the tube or the net simply tooling around, stop and take those moments to be active.
7. Forget being perfect – You aren’t going to be able to get your workout done every day, but you have to shoot for it. Life’s going to get in the way, but it’s how quickly you rebound that makes a difference. Aim to do it every day, but if you miss, refocus as soon as possible.
I hope that you’ll be able to take these tips and utilize one or two to help you get on track and if you need a little motivation or inspiration, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and G+ to get daily challenges to help you get started on your Productive Creative Highway!
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