I’ve been a coach for two years now and I can’t tell you how many times I hear, “I don’t have time to workout.” This is a tough excuse for me to swallow because a) we’re all busy and b) I’m incredibly busy too! I have six part-time jobs. Yes. Six. I work at over six different locations across the city each week and still find time to workout. So when people say that they are too busy to workout, I really struggle believing that it’s 100% true.
So in the spirit of positivity, I want to share some of the tips I have for when you don’t have time to workout (but want to):
1. You must realize that you do have time to workout. Because, in reality, “I don’t have time to workout” means “it’s not a priority to me.” I work with full-time teachers, nurses, musicians, and everyone in-between who squeeze in a 30-minute workout 5 to 7 days/week.
2. You don’t need to exercise for an hour to get a good workout. Some people don’t think they have time to workout because, to them, “working out” means heading to the gym, getting a locker, warming up, waiting for a machine to open up, do the same motion for 25 minutes, go to the weights and walk around, etc. which used to take me 2 full hours to accomplish.
An easy solution to this is working out at home. I have for two years and I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve done workouts that are 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Here’s a tough pill to swallow: If you have time to watch one episode of “Friends” on Netflix, you have time to workout!
3. Anything is better than nothing. If you feel overwhelmed to commit to a regimen, just start by walking your dog each night when you get home.
4. Schedule your workouts like they are business meetings. Don’t cancel on yourself. You’re only cheating your progress and journey. Examples of squeezing in your workout into your schedule:
Get up 30 minutes earlier than you would.
Put dinner in the crockpot so you don’t have to cook it when you get home, and use that time to workout.
Prep your dinners for a few nights, and use that time to workout.
5. Get a fit accountability buddy. Find someone in your team to keep you accountable. Make each other send pictures when you both are done with your workouts. Get on each others’ case when they fall off the wagon. Whatever it is, do it, and stick to it!
6. Think positive. So many times we are scared to begin something like exercising regularly for whatever reason: lack of confidence, fear of failing, whatever deep demons might hold us back. Google “motivational fitness quotes”. Post some around your house wherever you see them the most. Realize that this is not to lose weight. This is to make your life longer. To run around the backyard with your grandkids, if that’s in your life plan. To run from the grocery store to your car in a rainstorm and not get winded. To finally run that 5k that scares you. Whatever it is, you deserve to have a longer, fuller, stronger life with the body you were given. We all are busy. But you deserve 30 minutes a day for your heart and your future.
That’s all for now. What do you do to find time for your workouts?
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In peace & health,
Amanda & the fit family