With more than 70% of people over 15 years of age in Australia being sedentary or having low exercise levels according to the ABS National Health Survey for 2007-2008. Being time poor is one of the most common reasons cited by people as to why they aren’t being active - they find it hard to fit in, they have kids, they run their own business, they have a stressful and demanding job. However if you read Sunday Life magazine this weekend you will have seen the article on how busy people fit in exercise. There’s a pilot and mother of four who’s also a dermatologist, Guy Grossi who you may have seen on Masterchef and an executive lawyer.
What is common about them is that they all have challenges. They complete long days (up to 15-16 hours), have interrupted or poor sleep times, have high stress jobs and none of them were highly sporty as children or young adults. However they all discovered how valuable physical activity was to their health, to their well being, to their performance at work. There are many benefits in simply participating – you don’t have to be a “sporty type of person”.
In the article, they listed all the different ways they found to make exercise work for them and fit into their lifestyle. They learnt about what makes them tick and use that as the driver. Rex Wells (the pilot) tells himself that he only has to do 20 minutes but finds once he has started he is happy to go for longer – he just has to get there. Josephine Yeatman (the dermatologist) sets goals for herself, attends courses and involves her family, she puts in her diary and ensures it is scheduled. Guy Grossi talked about the time of day he exercises and he makes sure that on the weekends, which are his busiest days that he attends the gym.
What each of these high performers has done is worked out what drives them, how their mind works and stay within that. They have found what they can do to beat their Sugar Daddy and that is the key to their success. There is no one program that will work for all of us all of the time. But if you have control of your Sugar Daddy and know him or her well enough, you can manage all of the challenges life throws at you.