Starting lifetime fitness habits can seem like a daunting task at first. Everyone is this modern world juggles a multitude of daily tasks – each requiring significant time and effort. So the thought of fitting something else into this already crowded quagmire is something most of us quickly dismiss as an impossible task.
While teaching a class on time management, a professor placed some large rocks into a bowl and asked his students if it was full. When they responded, ”Yes”, he proceeded to add some small pebbles until all the voids were full, and asked again if it was full. He proceeded to then add sand, shaking the bowl until it was full to the rim. When asked the last time, the timid students responded that ‘Yes (it has to be full now!)’ to which the professor then poured his cup of coffee into the bowl. He explained that the large rocks are the important things in our life – God, family, friends. The small rocks are our jobs and responsibilities. And the sand represents the other little things in our life. He told them to always remember to put the big rocks in your life first, as it would be much harder to fit them in after the little rocks and sand. When the students asked about the coffee’s symbolism, the professor replied, “No matter how full our lives get, there’s always time to have a cup of coffee with a friend”.
Lifetime fitness habits should be a ‘big rock’ because they are a part of YOU. It’s the little rocks and sand they take the majority of our time. If life seems too full to fit exercise into it, start keeping a log of how you spend your time – does it reflect your priorities? Chances are you’ll find time to fit a 15-minute workout in here or there. Start this habit and the momentum will likely have you finding more and more time – because you’ll enjoy the results and the feeling of the changes it will bring. The quality & length of your life are dependant on your lifetime fitness habits.
Here are just a few tips that can lead to some great lifetime fitness habits without drastically altering your busy schedule:
It’s the small rocks and sand that’s overwhelming our lives. Look at your life and see what you’re really spending your time on. Make sure that you take care of yourself first. Reduction of stress is a key dividend to a healthier life. By adding more exercise into your day, you’ll add clarity and peace into your life. Lifetime fitness habits are worth adopting, not just for you but those that you care about, too.
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