What Can I Do With My Time That Is Important?

treeforestchesterIn reading through countless articles from “experts,” “gurus,” “coaches,” “analysts” and other faux-specialists applying their shoddy/brilliant expertise on the interwebs, I came across one little sentence that splattered my mind matter in a ginormous mess all over the wall:

Ask yourself: What can I do with my time that is important?  

It probably came from an article titled “10 Ways Kim Kardashian Makes 10 Million a Day,” or “Why Cats Fall into Laundry Baskets” or “You Will Only Be Happy If You Read This So Do It” or something like that. No doubt I fell into the click trap and pursued it because I just had to know the answer. (Spoiler: there’s no explanation for why cats do anything, so don’t fall for it.)

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See? Pointless.

But read it I did, and this sentence seemed groundbreaking in its simplicity. It hit home for me so much that I WROTE IT DOWN on a POST-IT (no, I didn’t invent them). This was monumental because:

a.) I have accumulated stacks of post-its with nothing to write on them since the invention of the keyboard.

b.) I recently acquired a new pen that had yet to see any action and it was hungry for a cause.

c.) I never come across words of wisdom that don’t make me roll my eyes in a “too cool for school” fashion. This time I was not, indeed, too cool for said schooling and squealed like a cheerleader when reading the sentence.

Not to make this too much like school, but let’s dissect this little sentence, shall we?

What = implies an action, something in the realm of possibility. What’s for dinner? What do cats dream about? What’s the big deal? We don’t know just yet.

can I do = it’s you, it’s all up to you. You are doing the action, and you can. Go, you! (Still in cheerleader mode.)

with my time = everyone has time. It is yours, and it is special.

that is important = we are all capable of doing something important. It may not seem important to everyone, but you shouldn’t be worrying about someone else’s version of important.

? = Isn’t that just it? It’s a question mark. I don’t know the answer, but I do know there is value in searching for it.

If you wake up eager to do something important, then you’re on the right track and your desire to succeed in something shouldn’t be trivialized. Keep going. Fitbeasts are people who want to make themselves better, and make other’s lives better in the process. Health is important, but so is finding someone to love, something to do, something to look forward to and something in which to believe. So are you moving in the right direction? Ask yourself:

What can you do with your time that is important? 

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Definitive Proof that THIS Is The Right Time of Day to Work Out

Note: there is no right time.

clockDon’t you just love headlines that lead you to believe there is one right answer for something? Unless it is the correct way to refer to pi, which is, in fact, apple with cinnamon crumble topping and not 3.14159 as some might think.

The right time to work out is anytime. As long as it is sometime. Simple as that. If you are trying to move, you are doing it at the right time of day, i.e. the time that works with your schedule. Whatever time you prefer to get active, here are tips to ensure you work out at some point in the day:

IN THE MORNING:

Skip the coffee. Please. The sloshin’ won’t be a pleasant knockin’ on an empty stomach.

Lay out your exercise clothes. The less thinking required in the morning, the better, so select your outfit the night before and it set next to your running shoes for easy dressing. Rumor has it some people sleep in their exercise clothes, but you can’t prove that unless doing something extremely awkward.

Make breakfast ahead of time. Pre-work out opt for a one cup-sized fruit and veggie based smoothie made the night before to jumpstart your routine. Post-workout finish off the most important meal of the day with eggs or plain oatmeal that give you a healthy breakfast in just minutes.

IN THE AFTERNOON:

Do a shoe swap. Bring comfortable walking shoes to change into during your lunch break. Dress shoes won’t get your motor running to take a brisk walk between meetings, so be sure to come prepared with proper footwear.

Brown bag it (in a reusable bag, of course). The worst way to derail a fitful afternoon is the need to make a mad grab for fast food. Pack a healthy lunch the night before and set a reminder to actually bring it with you. Consider packing a meal that can be snacked on walking around if you have little time on your breaks.

IN THE EVENING:

Prep the vegetables.  Everyone knows you should eat lots of vegetables, but sometimes if you need to wash, cut and prep them for cooking it can take some time. Do this ahead of time and portion out your vegetable helpings and ensure you aren’t wasting away in the kitchen until the wee hours of the night.

Eat a hearty lunch. If you are aiming to exercise right after the rush hour, make sure you have a healthy lunch or late afternoon snack to give you the energy to make it through your workout and deter running to the nearest Pizza Hut. Nuts and fruits are the best options for long-lasting energy that will bring you home to dinner time.

Get an early start. The closer you workout to bedtime, the harder it can be to fall asleep. Try to finish working out at least 3 hours before you will go to bed. Exercise will improve your sleep patterns, so be sure to find the right time and hit your sweet spot.

Is it your time to get active? Off you go!

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