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Making Exercise a Priority - Just read this today

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

and found it interesting... especially the part about looking around you to see what is undone to understand what is not a priority in your life. Guess that explains my laundry situation! Thank goodness my bf thinks my laundry is a priority and helps me out!

But here is the article - enjoy.

Q: How do you lose weight when you don’t have time during the week to exercise?

-April J.

A: Hi April,

I hear this a great deal from busy people like you. They say, “Dr. Sklare, I feel like I have four husbands, eight children and three full-time jobs. How do I find time to exercise?” The short answer is this: It’s easy if exercise is one of your priorities. If it’s not, there will always be plenty of reasons to put it off and you will never find the time. Time is an interesting animal. It can be your best friend or worst enemy. But in both my personal and my professional life, I have found one universal thing to be true about time – the time you have available to accomplish things is typically of your making and there is always enough time for those things you deem a priority. If you don’t honestly hold something as a priority, it just doesn’t get done.

With that said, I’m going to make a guess about you and exercise, April. My guess is that exercise is NOT one of your priorities. I’m not trying to be cruel or judgmental; I’m just trying to help you understand why you are struggling with this issue. You see, if exercise was really important to you and truly one of your priorities, you wouldn’t be writing me this email. There is no better evidence regarding what is NOT a priority in your life than looking at what goes undone. In my opinion, the real issue for you is not so much about time as it is about priorities. If you make exercise a true priority in your life, you will always find the time to get it done – it’s as simple as that! Nobody knows the intricacies of your life and daily schedule like you do, April, so nobody is in a better position to help you find the time to exercise than yourself. Make it happen, April. You are worth the effort, and your time will be well spent!

Wishing You Great Health,
Dr. John H. Sklare
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    really good blog. so many people at work say how can you find the time to exercise.i want to tell them how can you not. if you can spend 4 hours watching tv can you spend a half hour exercising? emoticon emoticon
    4180 days ago
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    I agree - good article. I have tried going first thing every day for a walk that way nothing during the day can get in the way!
    4180 days ago
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