What are your priorities?

So you say you don’t have time for the gym.

Do you have time to binge watch the latest series on Netflix?

Do you have time to browse Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all of your other favorite internet haunts?

Do you have time to snooze your alarm five times in the morning?

Then you have time to workout.

Fitness is not easy, and for most people, it’s usually not at the top of the to-do list. But if you really want to make a difference and you want to stop making excuses, you have to put it somewhere on your to-do list, even if it’s not at the top. It’s very true that you may have some things in life that have to come before spin class — your family for example. But you also have to understand that taking care of your health is just as important to your family as all of the other ways that you take care of them.

For some people, it truly isn’t possible to spend two hours each day on your trip to and from the gym, workout, and post-workout shower, but I guarantee you can find at least 20 minutes on most days of the week. Maybe those 20 minutes will be spent doing a body weight circuit in your home — but hey, it’s better than nothing, and it’s just one small way that you can show your body that you are a priority too.

Sometimes life throws us curve balls, I get that. I work in a job where sometimes I don’t even know what my schedule will be from one week to the next! In fact, this week I’ll be traveling for work for 4 days, something I didn’t even know would be happening until last Friday. Does that throw a wrench into my weekly lifting schedule? Of course, but I’m also confident in the fact that fitness is a priority of mine, so I know I’ll fit at least a couple workouts in there somewhere. Even if they are only 20 minutes long, it’s better than nothing.  A quick workout in a hotel fitness center (or even in the hotel room itself!) can be effective with just a little creativity.

So maybe you don’t have a ton of time on your hands, or maybe your schedule prevents you from having a set workout routine. But that doesn’t mean that a healthy lifestyle is a lost cause, or that you have to give up your health and fitness goals all together. You just might need to change them a bit, but that’s just a part of life, not the end of the world. But what really needs to happen is that you need to be honest with yourself. How many hours do you spend each night watching TV? How much time do you spend snoozing each morning? How much time do you spend mindlessly scrolling through Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram?

Now, if Netflix, the snooze button, and your Instagram feed are your priorities, and you’re not willing to give up any time spent on these for fitness, than you just need to be honest with yourself. It’s not that you don’t have time to work out, it’s that you won’t make time. 

And don’t take this the wrong way. I know that not everyone can possibly make time every day. I know that I can’t even make time to workout every single day, but that’s really ok. But what I can do is prioritize my time so that even when things get really crazy I can at least do a little bit of a workout on some days of the week.  Maybe it’s just a few kettlebell swings or a few pull ups at home. Maybe it’s 20 minutes of hill sprints, or maybe it’s a full lifting session. Whatever it is, it’s making me better, and that’s all that matters.

Readers: When your schedule gets really hectic, how do you keep fitness a priority? Be honest — how much TV do you watch each day, and would you be willing to change that?

14 thoughts on “What are your priorities?

  1. Between walking to and from the gym, working out and chatting to my training partners, my average gym session is three hours. More if we go out for food after, which usually happens twice a week. People think I’m crazy when I tell them that, but you make sacrifices. I absolutely love the gym and the environment, so I sacrifice a lot of my free time to do it. I don’t own a TV and I don’t spend lots of time unwinding at night. I could easily cut my workouts back an hour but then I would miss the fun that the gym brings 🙂

    1. I would say there are worse things to spend 3+ hrs per day doing 🙂

  2. I try to multitask news and cardio. During my 20 minute cardio session, I hit CNN, catch up on what’s going on in the world, then do a 20 minute lift circuit, a quick stretch then on with my day. I find that if I don’t hit the gym first thing in the morning, it’s a wrap — not happening! Not sure if this is bad, but I combine my warmup & cardio. I’ve heard it’s a sin to do cardio before you lift, what do you think?

    1. Sorry about the crazy delay responding to this!! And I agree with you, if I don’t go first thing in the morning, I won’t go. By the end of the day I just feel sleepy and sluggish, and that doesn’t do me any good in the weight room! I think combining your cardio and warm up is okay if you’re crunched for time, but I would still recommend adding in a few functional/dynamic warmup type exercises after cardio and before you start lifting. Think deep BW squats, spiderman lunges, BW RDLS, etc. This will just help to get those movement patterns working before you start adding weight!

  3. Booking an event. I’ve paid for it so I should go or waste the money.
    Making an appointment in my calendar. Booking time for myself in my week/day.
    Arranging to meet a friend from the club to go for a run/climb. If I don’t turn up I’m letting them down.
    Those are my tactics to get my cumfy behind working. I know I’d be curled up on the sofa eating all the biscuits, slurping tea and watching utter junk on telly if I didn’t. Well, I’m not that bad. Lately I’m brushing the dog whilst watching telly so I’m doing something. Still need to organise the kids and husband into doing something more regularly though. Herding cats would be easier!!!

    1. Having hard commitments is definitely a good way to stick with it! And good luck organizing the family, I don’t have a family of my own but I’m sure it’s near impossible!

  4. Breaking Bad is awesome! I have the same problem trying to get away from watching it for hours and doing other things!

    1. I know!! We’re close to finishing Season 4 right now and it’s practically all I can think about!

  5. Great post! I used to be one of those people who put everything else at the top of the to-do list, but me. I was to busy with work, kids, family, friends, tv, etc. Now I make myself top priority because I know I am a better teacher, mother and friend when I take care of myself.

    1. Thanks! Great point, sometimes we do need a reminder to take care of ourselves, and not feel selfish for doing so!

  6. I agree completely! If you have (make) time to watch Netflix or surf the net, you absolutely can have (make) time to workout! One way I make it work is that when I’m doing my cardio, I watch Netflix! 2 birds, 1 stone!

  7. The thing I love about NetFlix, is that I can turn on my favorite shows while I work out. I do P90X, and have most of the workouts either written down or memorized. By the time I’m finished with an episode, sometimes I can’t believe how much I accomplished!

    1. Hey, when you’re strapped for time, combining two things can be a lifesaver!

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