Fitting exercise into your day is possible. Trust me! I learned from Julia James, a certified life coach out in Vancouver, B.C. Her best tip? Ditch your preconceived notion of exercise and do a little self exploration to find a type of fitness that works for you. Read on for more great ways to prioritize and make fitness fit! [caption id="attachment_2055" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Feeling like there aren't enough hours in the day?"] [/caption] 1. Though exercise is incredibly important, many women find their lives too hectic to fit it in. How would you advise them to make room for physical activity? We often have preconceived notion of what exercise should be. Many women think they have to take a class or work out at the gym for an hour three times a week, and when they can't fit that into their schedule they feel like a failure. I recommend you let go of this ideal for a moment and check in with yourself: What kind of movement brings you joy? Once you reconnect with the joy of movement, you will naturally want to do a little more each week. 2. How can regular physical activity contribute to a balanced life? Our bodies naturally want to move. We are simply not designed for the sedentary lifestyle most of us lead. Moving our bodies in the ways we enjoy most helps us relax and recharge. When we are relaxed and energized we feel more balanced and happier. 3. How do you recommend busy women determine what's important to them? Make sure you put yourself and your well-being at the top of your priority list. Ask yourself: What brings me joy? What makes me feel energized? What helps me relax? And then do at least one of these activities every day. Putting yourself at the top of your list means letting go of other things that are less important. Take a careful look at your priorities and let go of the things that don't really matter or can easily be done by someone else. 4. What are some ways women can abandon the guilt they feel when spending time doing something that's important to them (and, say, leaving dinner to the kids and husband; leaving work on time; hiring a babysitter for the evening)? When you take care of yourself you are doing everyone a huge favour. Your family, boss and colleagues all benefit from you being at your best. If it is hard for you to set boundaries and say no, remember that you are not only doing it for yourself, but for them. 5. Have you found that women find a sense of relief when they start considering themselves a priority? Women who consider themselves a priority have accomplished a tremendous shift. They not only feel a sense of relief but also a sense of joy. They have shifted away from feeling resentful and frustrated and are now feeling more energized and happy. Magically their husbands, kids and colleagues also feel happier. Women who have created this shift in their lives realize how much their mood influences other people's well-being. They know taking care of themselves means taking care of everyone. Thanks, Julia! How do you fit fitness into your life?