Find some ‘me’ time motivation!

2013Mar18_Motivation-AIt is the screamed out catchphrase of the modern working mum, “I just want a little ‘me’ time!” And it’s not just mums moaning. The men of the family, singletons and even kids are also feeling the pressure of leading a busy life in the 21st century. Do people have less time to do what they want though? Or is it simply that they are choosing to spend potential free time on certain activities? How does fitness fit into this picture? Before you focus on motivation to stick at an exercise regime, perhaps first you need to find some ‘me’ time in which to do it.

If you look at the evidence on how people spend their time then the evidence can seem somewhat contradictory. The American Time Use Survey figures suggest the average person spends over four hours a day on leisure on sports. This perhaps ties in  with a recent study by marketing company Mums Now, in the UK, which concluded that most mothers have social media accounts and spend around three hours today on these platforms. Peak times are during the evening, no doubt when the kids are tucked up in bed.

However a recent Procter and Gamble study surveying 1,000 mothers suggest that ‘me’ time only adds up to around 26 minutes a day. It’s not the same for men, who are historically better at carving out their own time to pursue activities and in the modern day this could be because of the reality of their situations or simply because they demand more time for themselves. Whatever the whys or wherefores, if you want to ensure you have some quality time for exercise you need to create some ‘me’ time first.

Motivation to get fit comes in finding the wherewithal to find the time. This might include practical as well as psychological solutions:

  1. Something’s gotta give: Despite the idea that you can do and have it all, there are only so many hours in a day. If you want to fit in a minimum of 30 minutes a day of working out then you ¬†might have to cut back on doing something else, or shift your schedule.
  2. Don’t fear empty space: Are you one of those people who always needs to fill their diary to the brim? Often people are busy because they’ve created a security blanket of activity around them because they want to feel needed or useful. Allow for some empty spaces and then refocus some of this time on thinking about your fitness needs and acting on these.
  3. You are Numero Uno!: It’s worthy to be altruistic and think about others but you can only give to someone else if you give to yourself first. Help yourself and you’ll find that a fitter, healthier you will have a better outlook on life.
  4. Is your lifestyle outdated?: Every person has certain years or sudden times when there’s a real shift through evolving and natural change. However, it is easy to get stuck in a rut. Perhaps you are living your life in a way that is outmoded and not allowing you to really find the essence of what you want to do with your time, including exercise and focus on health.
  5. Turn off technology: Yes you might need it, or feel lost without it but learn to live without your phone, tablet and any other device that’s permanently turned on and distracting you. By putting technology to the side you will naturally start to feel you have more time to concentrate on other pursuits. We’ve all started spending far too much time online, let’s face it!

How do you find ‘me’ time and motivate yourself to use this free time to exercise? Share your tips and advice and watch out for Part 2 of this article, where more ‘me’ time motivators are revealed!

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