1. Stop watching TV that isn’t worth your time
Pick a couple shows that you cannot live without and make that your TV time. For me, Scandal and The Voice were great shows, just not as awesome as Shark Tank and Real Housewives of Atlanta – so I decided to pull the plug on those two. Think of all the hours saved if you stop watching TV just for the heck of it.
2. Get your work done at the office
Make your hours at work count and stop bringing home a to-do pile. I have a period of time between about 1-3pm where my brain will completely go comatose if I don’t force myself out of it. Then I find myself at the office until late in the evening, or even worse, working from home. Sometimes, you’re just freakin busy – but at other times a little more focus can help you get it done and get out of there.
3. Try interval workouts
HIIT workouts (high intensity interval workouts) are much shorter than traditional cardio workouts but they can burn just as many calories. I mean, sometimes a nice easygoing elliptical or bike is exactly what you need – and some people have injuries and limitations that prevent them from doing really intense exercise. But if you can work your way into a level of fitness that allows you to do more intense workouts, it’s sooo worth it.
4. Have a regular workout time
Instead of just fitting it in wherever you can, pick a specific time of day to work out. It’s probably never going to beat out relaxation time or quality time with the family, so the only way it’s going to happen is for you to make it happen. For me it’s mornings. For others, it’s right after work. Pick it and stick to it.
5. Plan out your week
Spend a little bit of time on Sunday planning out your week. including your workouts and even your meals. No need to get too detailed here, but setting an intention at the beginning of the week can go a long way.
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