No time to be strong and healthy? Unable to find even an hour a day to stay fit?

Whether you’re new to network marketing or a seasoned pro, you probably realize that the key to your success lies in your ability to prioritize how you spend your time. If you’re like most people—unable to adequately juggle your schedule to “get it all done”— it’s essential that you focus on the one area that stands to benefit you the most: your health.

Everyone knows that practicing healthy habits—eating well and exercising regularly—is a prerequisite for living life to the fullest. What networkers in the wellness business sometimes fail to see is the gap that exists between talking the talk and walking the walk with regard to what they are trying to sell—a healthy lifestyle supported by their products or services.

Unfortunately, this discrepancy is often noticeable to the prospect across the table or at the other end of the business call, who can easily detect whether you are radiant with energy and vitality, or not quite up to par. I can’t tell you how many representatives of nutritional companies have approached me who failed to reflect any of the benefits their product promotes. It’s like having Ron Howard (aka “Opie”) trying to sell a product that removes freckles—I’m not buying it!

Being successful requires that you first take care of you. After all, if you don’t adequately reflect what it is you’re promoting, it’s going to be a tough sell.

Take Control of Your Time

Carving out the time necessary to improve your health and fitness may seem daunting, but there is a way to maximize the time you currently have. We all start the week with the same 168 hours; what matters is how we use those hours. At every given moment we’re given an opportunity to progress—mentally, physically and spiritually. Whether we drag ten steps behind or skip ahead of the game depends on how we put those precious moments to work for us.

To make the most of your day, consider doing what I’ve done: in a notepad, write down every time commitment anticipated for a full week. Then, break the total number of hours down into generous portions for each of your activities, for example: eight hours a night for sleep; forty hours for work plus ten hours of travel time; one hour for each meal; one hour a day for housework, one hour for quality time with children or family, and one hour for relaxation, prayer or meditation. Now calculate how many hours are left.

Building in more than enough time for each activity, I end up with a bonus of seventeen hours a week to spend on an exercise program and/or activities similarly fulfilling.

I challenge you to evaluate how you spend your time in the same manner with the goal of making fitness a top priority in your life. For a full week, divide your days into increments and record how these hours are spent. Be honest: list all the ways you waste time, too! From there, tally where you spend your time and decide how to incorporate positive habits into the newly-found hours.

By taking stock of your waking moments you may be surprised to discover the amount of extra time you truly have. You may uncover a whopping eight to ten hours which you could set aside for fitness, preferably in workable increments throughout the day.

Integrate Fitness into Your Day

To make the most of your time, consider making fitness part of your hourly life. For instance, set aside five minutes every hour to work toward your fitness goal by doing sit-ups, push-ups, squats or the techniques included in my Visibly Fit™ exercise program [see p. 11 in this issue], where your body becomes the only gym you need. Whatever it takes mentally, physically or spiritually to push yourself toward personal growth, go for it! Think of it as gaining power by the hour.

With a little creativity, you can do simple, effective exercises at your desk, in the office or while away on a business trip. Significant results are possible without any equipment, fitness-center fees or the notion that you must do your workout all at once.

For example, try this exercise on for size (or a smaller one!): while on the phone or during a break, stand with your back flat against a wall and bend your knees to a 90-degree angle, making sure your knees do not extend past your toes. Putting all your weight into your heels, tense the leg muscles and hold that tension for as long as possible. Aim to work your way up to two minutes. Excellent for butt and legs, the “wall sit” can be done anywhere, anytime.

Making the most of your upper body muscles requires nothing more than reeling in a big one—a lively fish tale, that is. With arms extended straight out, side to side, imagine describing that you “caught a fish this big!” Exert tension from the tips of your fingers of both arms when you are describing the biggest fish imaginable and slowly bring your arms together so the palms of your hands meet in front of your body. For greater tension, activate your mind by thinking of squeezing an imaginary exercise ball. Apply the same tension while bringing your arms back as far as possible and squeeze your shoulder blades together. This powerful technique for the chest, arms and back yields delicious results!

Performing exercises throughout the day is just as important as eating five to six small daily meals—both increase metabolism. Don’t wait another day: take strides now to generate power by the hour to burn calories, enjoy increased energy and sharpen your mind. Celebrate the lifestyle you promote to others—the one where you master your time and achieve optimal health by taking care of you.

WENDIE PETT is a fitness and wellness expert. She is
author of Every Woman’s Guide to Personal Power
and the creator of the Visibly Fit™ exercise program
that can be done anywhere anytime utilizing the body as a gym.
Wendie is a personal trainer and conducts seminars to business
groups to help others maximize their wellness through
the balance of mind, body, and spirit.