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?