How to keep your fitness goals when real life takes away your free time

When the new year starts, it starts out slow, right? I mean, we just spent a week or so either off work or (for most) it was quiet with less to do than normal. When it’s quiet, we have more time to spend on our new year’s resolutions. In particular, we find ourselves spending an hour at the gym, making that delicious salad we’ve had pinned since the summer, or spending the early morning in prayer or meditation.


The boss returns from the Caribbean, your kids once again need help with their homework, the house needs cleaning, the car needs inspecting, we have to start planning our tax return, and on, and on, and on. In other words, we discover that while our intentions are still there, our free time is getting harder to come by.

That’s why most people quit the gym, give up pilates, stop eating healthy meals, and neglect their overall wellness. They just don’t feel like they can find the time.

But, don’t panic, there’s hope!

Not everything you do to take care of your body and mind needs to carve a large chunk out of your daily routine. Your wellness can be improved in small, bitesize, ways. Walk to the end of your street and back, take 5 minutes for prayer or meditation while enjoying a coffee break, pick up a healthy salad from Wendy’s, hit the gym for just 15 minutes on your way home from work.

There are so many ways that you can fit in a little exercise and healthy eating habits, that I can’t possibly list them all.

Think about your upcoming day and try to find even just 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon to do whatever it is that gets you towards your New Year’s resolution.

Your mind and body will appreciate even the smallest effort.

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