You know that exercise is beneficial to your health, your brain, and your weight loss goals. Yet it seems so hard to fit into your day. If you don’t schedule a run, you probably won’t do it.
See below a few habits that are messing with your goals, and how to work around them.
1) You Don’t Eat Until Lunch
Maybe you’re not hungry in the morning, maybe you’re too busy to stop and eat, or maybe skipping breakfast is just part of your routine. But that’s no good if you want to get in a workout, says a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found that overweight people who ate breakfast were more likely to exercise and burned nearly 200 more calories during the morning than people who fasted. For an energizing breakfast that will keep you going, aim for slow-burning protein and fat; bacon and eggs, avocados, cheese, and yogurt will give you energy all morning so you feel ready to exercise and less ravenous when lunch rolls around.
2) You Don’t Live to Work, but Work to Live
Going for a brisk walk or hitting the weights becomes easier when you’re not tethered to your desk. When you’re on email all day, worried about deadlines and living in fear of your boss, you may place your own well-being on the back burner. Careers can be draining and take away the willpower to exercise. If you work too late and carry the mental stress of work out the door with you, it’s harder to exercise. A 2013 study of military personnel found that the more job stress they experienced, the less likely they were to exercise.
3) You Don’t Have a Bedtime
If you think a hard and fast bedtime is only for toddlers, think again. A good workout starts the night before. If you’re watching TV or on your computer until late in the night, you won’t feel restored and refreshed the next day. Poor sleep wreaks havoc on the mind and the body. It reduces motivation, makes the body more exhausted and susceptible to injury, and increases inflammation, which suppresses the immune system.
4) You're a Social Butterfly
Great relationships with friends and family are key to happiness and longevity. However, when you’re at dinner every night, afraid to miss happy hour, or accepting every invitation, you will end up putting your need to chat over your need to work out. Additionally, you’ll consume way too much junk food that goes hand-in-hand with get-togethers. It’s important and fun to have a social life, but it may interfere with your fitness goals. People who need to socialize should either check out some group runs or exercise in the morning.
Source: Runner's World (www.runnersworld.com)