The number one reason why people don’t do their exercises is lack of time. We all live busy lives but how do we find time to do our exercises? Where do they fit on the ‘to do list’ for the day?
We need to first think about how meaningful these exercises are. If something is meaningful or have consequences we are more likely to do it. For example, if we don’t do the laundry we won’t have any clean clothes; or I will save my money in order to buy something I want. This is where GOALS fit into your therapy. GOALS need to be meaningful to you so you will want to achieve them. Your exercises set by your therapist can then help you to achieve your GOALS. However, can YOU link your exercises to your GOALS. If you can’t ASK your therapist to explain how your exercise fits into the big picture, this makes doing them more meaningful to you.
We have now established that your exercise is going to achieve your meaningful goal but where do we find the time.
Here are a few tips on how to find that time
- Make an appointment with yourself like you would your therapist and hold yourself accountable
- Have a record sheet to monitor your achievements
- Try fitting your exercises around your normal daily activities such as brushing your teeth or waiting for the kettle to boil
- Try and make your exercises part of your daily routine – I get up, have a shower, have breakfast, do my exercises
- Involve friends and family if possible
- Break exercise up into small amounts that can be spread throughout the day
- Have your goals visible at home so when doing your exercises you can remember why!
Remember to ask your therapist WHY you are doing an exercise so it is meaningful to YOU!