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Are You Too Busy Or Is Health Not A Priority?

Are You Actually Too Busy?

 

Allow me to ask you a question: Do you have time for your health? Are you too busy or is health and fitness simply not on your priority list? How many times have you said that you do not have enough time to do something? Granted, we live in a society that is severely poor in terms of time. However, if we re-examine the things that take up our time, we’ll quickly realize that we make time for what is important to us. If we want to lose weight and get fit bad enough, we will make time for it whether it’s at home or at the gym. If we want to eat better and lead a healthier lifestyle, we’ll make time for it as well. 

 

The time we have in a day should be prioritized accordingly, listing the most important tasks of the day. Never look at taking care of your health as a chore or a task you need to cross off. Instead, think of it this way: without proper health, you will be unproductive and experience constant fatigue. If you want to be successful, you have to include taking care of your health in your list of priorities.

 

 Right now, you may still be on the fence about it. You’re probably thinking that claiming we all have the time to take care of our health needs is a bit of a stretch. However, according to Laurie A. Watkins, it’s not. Laurie A. Watkins is the author of the book, Go From Stressed to Strong. In her book, she shares how she went from only getting a few hours of sleep every night to achieving all her fitness goals. With a demanding job and schedule, health was the last thing she ever thought about, until she decided to change things around. Below, are a couple of ways to work around a busy schedule and still take care of your health.

 

 Change your mindset:

 Saying that you don’t have time for anything is another way of saying that you don’t consider it a priority. We always make time for what we care about or consider worth our time and effort. Therefore, changing your mindset about health and fitness is the first step to any real change. Start by accepting the fact that if you fail to take care of your health, you fail to take care of your own ability to be productive. Neglecting your health will cause your physical, mental and emotional well- being to suffer. 

 

Do it early in the morning: 

Admittedly, once the sun comes up and its time to get to work, it gets really hectic. Hence, try and wake up at least an hour earlier and get some exercise in. Gyms and personal training studios often open early for those that prefer to exercise early. If you live in Houston, Texas, OTG Fitness is one of the top gym studios that offers an accommodating schedule for everyone. You can also use this time to prepare healthy meals to carry to work and for when you come home. 

 

Set boundaries:

 Always avoid taking up too many tasks than you can handle. If you know you have too much on your plate, then do not be afraid to say no. Set clear boundaries and be consistent. This will ensure that you do not end up overworked and also have time to visit the gym.

 

Commit Fully:

If you truly want results, you have to commit. Unfortunately, the only way to do is is to do it.

If you need that something to commit to, you may consider at 8 week program with OTG Fitness. You may or may not be a good fit, but you can find out by clicking HERE to fill out a quick application that will help us figure that out.


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1 Trick to Create Freedom

Be Free

Far too many people think that living a healthy lifestyle means letting your workout routine and food choices control your life. It is simply not true and the exact opposite actually is. Freedom is found in health.

There is a famous quote that I’m sure you’ve heard before, “Discipline equals freedom”.

Create It

When we create discipline, especially with health and fitness, it opens our entire life to more freedom. I think it is especially true in this scenario because food is around us all the times, so making good nutrition choices is the ultimate discipline. By sacrificing a little bit up front and creating the discipline, it will allow your healthy lifestyle to thrive.

There are many ways this can be done (and I’ve tried several). My personal favorite and how I’ve decided is the best FOR ME, is fasting. Fasting is simply not taking in any calories for extended amounts of time. There are many opinions on this method and some think it’s so unhealthy to not eat for a few hours but I have noticed that those are often the same people that eat fast food and snack cakes all the time. Sometimes, trying to always be “optimal” is useless if you can’t even do the basics.

Try this. Pick a time that is somewhere between 12 and 16 hours after dinner and tell yourself that you’re going to wait until that time to eat. During that fasting time, feel free to drink as much water as you feel you can and even have a cup of black coffee.

The Real Secret

Actually do it!! 

This is your first small win! The discipline you create and feeling of well being for reaching a goal is the first step towards your healthy lifestyle and living free. Don’t worry about the fine details beyond this. Focus on 1 step at a time. Because if you can’t do step 1, why worry about anything else?

 

If you’re interested in implementing this step 1 but are having issues, apply for our 8 week program (by clicking HERE) to see if we may be able to help out.


Treat it Right

Don't Take it for Granted

Do you realize that your body could quit on you any day?

It may just be the most important thing you have that allows you to live the life you love. Without it, there are no vacations with the ones you love, walks to the park, or a simple trip to the theater to see a show that has a few flights of stairs before getting to your seat.

This sounds pretty extreme right? That’s because it is.

It's Gotta Stop

Not taking care of our physical body is a trend that needs to be taken seriously and must stop before it gets any worse.

Our body’s are what allow us to do so many great things physically, mentally, and even spiritually. Moving them has been scientifically proven to make us feel better. And when we feel better, we make better decisions and do more great things for others! Maybe even more important than that, we do more great things for ourselves! (which leads to doing more great things for others also right?!)

The point here is simple and I don’t want to over complicate the subject. Treat your body right. If you do, all the other “problems” you think you have will eventually fade away.

If you're ready to start making a commitment to yourself and your body and think we may be able to help out, apply for our 8 week program by clicking HERE


Go Out and Enjoy

Don’t Bring it Home

Know that feeling you get when you want something really sweet? Something that you know is not within your healthy diet and might even make you feel bad later? But you want it anyway?

I know I do. But one thing I don’t do is bring those types of things into the house. When you bring the blue bell home, it makes it extremely easy to give into temptation on Wednesday night after a long day at work.

As strong as we all think we are, when temptation hits, it is an overwhelming feeling of need. Fighting that feeling when your fix is a few steps away and only guarded by the safety seal of your freezer is next to impossible.

Go Out and Enjoy

Your best bet is to keep things like this out of your house and only “go out” for them. Yes it may cost more in dollars to do this, but I guarantee it will cost a lot less in calories. It will also lead to more happiness in the end (which is what having more money is all about anyways right?)  The happiness you feel will come from a combination of things. You'll feel good about your own decision making for one. You will usually find more pleasure in going out as well.  And since you find so much more pleasure in your experience with this food you enjoy so much, you’ll also be able to withstand being without for much longer.

Don't Stress it

As you know, your health based diet should mostly be comprised of whole foods that you and your family make at home. Taking a night off every once in awhile and enjoying some time out will not hurt you in the long term though. Realizing it's not crushing your diet and understanding that you just need to get right back on track tomorrow is very important for your mental health. Be sure to keep that in mind!

Make an attempt to enhance the experience of "getting off your diet."  Take your family, go to a special spot with your pleasure food, make it memorable.

Just please, don’t bring it home.

 

If you think you want to start implementing this strategy but just aren't sure exactly where to start, apply for our 8 week program (by clicking HERE) to see if we may be able to help.


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Don't Let it Control You

It Can be Simple

Far too many people think that living a healthy lifestyle means letting your workout routine and food choices control your life. It is simply not true and the exact opposite actually is.

There is a famous quote that I’m sure you’ve heard before, “Discipline equals freedom”.

When we create discipline, especially with health and fitness, it opens our entire life to more freedom. I think it is especially true in this scenario because food is around us all the times so making good nutrition choices in is the ultimate discipline. By sacrificing a little bit up front and creating the discipline, it will allow your healthy lifestyle to thrive.

There are many ways this can be done (and I’ve tried several). My personal favorite and how I’ve decided is the best FOR ME, is fasting. Fasting is simply not taking in any calories for extended amounts of time. There are many opinions on this method and some think it’s so unhealthy to not eat for more than a few hours. I have noticed though, that those are often the same people that eat fast food and snack cakes all the time. Sometimes, trying to always be “optimal” is useless if you can’t even do the basics.

Try This

Pick a time that is somewhere between 12 and 16 hours after dinner and tell yourself that you’re going to wait until that time to eat. During that fasting time, feel free to drink as much water as you feel you can. You can even have a cup of unsweetened tea or coffee . Here’s the secret though, actually do it!! This is your first small win! The discipline you create and feeling of well being for reaching a goal is the first step towards your healthy lifestyle. Don’t worry about the fine details beyond this. Focus on 1 step at a time. Because if you can’t do step 1, why worry about anything else?

 

If you know how simple it truly can be but still having a hard time getting started, apply for our 8 week program (by clicking HERE) to see if we may be able to help out.