How to Make Exercise a Priority
Just want to share a little something I learned about making exercise a priority:
The key to success in any given undertaking is not necessarily found in how you act, but more importantly where your values lie. Understanding and mastering your priorities will be one of your greatest tools in accomplishing your goals.
Priorities stem from our values, and our values reflect our innermost feelings and beliefs. Therefore, it is vitally important to understand what you value most in your life and how those values reflect the way that you live your life.
This is the basic principle behind priorities, to find out what is most important to you, and to understand how that affects how you live your life. Once you have identified your values, you will be able to identify your priorities, and if you notice something that you desire is not reflected strongly enough in your priorities, you would your values and change your priorities.
Thus, when approaching the way you exercise, it is important to make sure that you have set exercise as one of your priorities. For some people this is difficult because their beliefs and values about exercising do not measure up in importance to other beliefs and values.
Therefore, in order to change this value, try and understand how exercise reflects your values. What does exercise mean to you? For many people, getting on the treadmill is just another box that they are expected to check off once they have completed it.
However, a more important question to consider is how important is your health to you? Do you see the implications of the overall level of your health?
In this particular case, with exercise, your health will not only effect your performance at work, at school, and your overall relationships with your family, health is also a measurement of the time that you have to do what you want to do in life. Once your health is gone, so is your ability to accomplish any other pursuit.
So to bring it all together, you identify the importance of exercising, and apply that to your priorities. You then, rule out other activities that you could be doing the day that are less importance and insert exercise into your daily schedule.
You may be surprised how much your schedule frees up once you rearrange your priorities. This process the basic recipe to changing the way you live your life, assessing your values, determining your priorities, and rearranging your time to make room for priorities.