TIME FOR EXERCISE!
TIME FOR SCHOOL!
TIME FOR WORK!
TIME TO RELAX!
TIME TO BREATHE!
TIME FOR HOLIDAYS…
I think that we can all relate to those phrases in some way. There are probably more than 10 books for each an every one of those phrases, be it preparing for each one, or how to create more of the TIME needed for each thing.
"It’s a funny thing time," that was the thought running through my head the other day in the car on the way to film a We Move Fitness workout. I allowed plenty of time to get there and set up and found it ironic in a way that I was making time to create a video that could potentially save people time by getting them fitter in a shorter space of time. As you can see my mind wanders randomly whilst I'm driving...
Time can be explained, by wikipedia no least, as the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.
There are two major philosophical view points on time:
Time is explained in physics, and what most people come to associate the word time with, as ‘what the clock reads,’ or calendar events such a meetings etc.
As a personal trainer I run a business based on time, and whilst I utilise the physics of time within sessions for specific exercises or time slots for each client I also try to get each client to think about realising that time is always on our side, especially when it comes to fitness.
The biggest and most important realisation for me when I changed my mindset about being healthy was realising that time was on my side and it was something that I could give myself. I didn’t read any books on how to create more time or how to manage my time. I just decided that instead of sitting on my bum eating a chocolate ice cream or a tin of pringles I could give myself that time to go for a walk. I changed the association of time in my mind, instead of sitting there feeling sorry for myself thinking that time was slipping away from me, I went out of my way to give myself the time for a walk. If you think about it, it is a win/win. I don't eat rubbish and feel rubbish, I get some exercise and form a positive association with time in my mind.
We live in a world where time is of the essence - a world where time seems to ‘run away with us’ and we forget about giving ourselves the time to look after ourselves.
I have written about time before, but not in this context, click here to read that post - make sure to come back to this one though...
I’d like you to think about this today... I’d like you to think about time as a gift that you give to yourself rather than something you create. The next time you think about ‘making time’ for exercise or for something that you know will help soothe your soul then I’d like you to flip that on it’s head and say that you are going to GIVE yourself the time to take care of yourself.
Why am writing this today? Well, partially because I am the most useless person when it comes to taking my own advice and I tend to overwork myself before taking a break… And partially because I tend to live and learn and want to share my thoughts and experiences with everyone.
Exercise and lifestyle changes don’t just happen, your thoughts have to align in the right way for life changing results, part of that process is being kinder to ourselves and realising that time is a gift and we can use it to be awesome!
On a final note, in her book “Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes,” Margaret Hefferman mentioned that 83% of American adults spend no time at all in their day relaxing or thinking, and when invited to do so they didn’t enjoy it. At the same time just light exercise and time for oneself can increase a person's output and energy by up to 60%. Those are quite alarming numbers, and are probably way out of date by now, but with that in mind it comes down to the simple choice of giving yourself the chance to do something different.
I'll often hear about the latest TV show, or spend an hour some nights watching TV, the truth is I know I could have spent at least 15 minutes settling my mind, or going for a walk, maybe meditating in the garden... We can always give ourselves more time.
The next time you think that you don’t have time to get to exercise or spend time with your thoughts, remember that it could be the small thing that changes your whole life.
Have a great day! A great week!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.