Fitness: Exercise Must Be Viewed As A Critical Use Of Our Time

By: Jeremy Robinson, Certified Personal Trainer

“There is more than enough time in a day”– said no one.  Time is one of the greatest assets we own and when not used wisely, it begins to overwhelm us and turns into more of a burden opposed to a thing of value.  When we truly value our time, we are able to utilize all of the 24 hours that has been allotted to us in order to get all of the things done that are important to us.  When we don’t value our time we try to get things done here and there and force the critical things to suffer.  Exercising and working out is one of them.

Jeremy Robinson

My wife and I recently welcomed our second child into the world on 9/10/20.  A beautiful baby girl named, Cassidy Rae Robinson.  With this new addition to our family also came a greater time constraint due the normalcies that come with a newborn baby and our eldest child being 3 years of age and being removed from daycare due to the recent pandemic. 

While working from, running a business and being a husband and father- it is important to me to remain in optimal health in order to be able to do all of these things successfully.  This is why we cannot let our lack of time hinder us from being the best version of ourselves.  The best and simplest way of doing this is becoming better at time management.  The next best way would be prioritizing and the last and most important way is sacrificing. 

I already do a pretty good job of time management so that comes easy for me.  Prioritizing isn’t an issue neither.  Sacrifice has become the thing that challenges us to get the most out of our day.  I tend to compartmentalize my life into three areas; Faith, Family and Fitness.  Each of these being a superset to a number of subsets.  For example, in the area of Fitness the subsets would be my personal health and wellness, my personal training business, coaching, etc.

Another example would be the area of Family.  Under this falls my wife and kids, extended family as well as my circle of influencers that help me along my journey of success.  My daily goal is to not allow any of these core areas in my life to lack or be stalled due to more attention given in another area.  Here is when sacrifice becomes extremely important.

In order to achieve the results, we want for our body, mind and spirit we must be willing to sacrifice.  Sacrifice our wants in order to achieve the things that we need in order to help us achieve our goals. This may mean sacrificing an hour or two of sleep at night, which I’m currently doing with the new baby, so that we can maximize our hours in a day.  Or sacrifice watching our favorite TV show in order to work on ourselves. 

Many of us have been given an extra amount of time during these unprecedented times but my question to you would be is that still not enough? If your answer to this question is no, then you need to look at the core areas of your life that are important to you and look at ways to sacrifice something’s outside of the core areas to achieve the things you want for yourself.

Jeremy Robinson is a certified (NASM) personal trainer and fitness instructor. He trains clients all over the Southern NJ region in their homes, gyms, and outdoors. Follow Jeremy on his website or at @gods_son_jay@j_fitness4u, or @JFitness Jeremy Robinson.

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