Thats right. We all have 168 hours in a week at our disposal. So let’s call a spade a spade, when we say “I don’t have time to train,” what we’re really saying is “Exercise isn’t a priority for me.”
This time of year can be a challenge. Christmas functions, parties, end of year work deadlines, shopping etc etc etc. We get it. But, “I don’t have time” is a poor excuse to not train. So I would suggest you either come up with a more compelling reason to tell your trainer (or yourself) why you can’t exercise, or just train! Simple as that. And if you choose the former, you need to have a look in the mirror and find a more compelling goal. Why? Because those with a compelling goal, something that actually means something to them, will make time to exercise, no matter what. It WILL be a priority. 168 hours should be ample time to get 3-5 exercise sessions in per week!
Why you need it…
Regular exercise is important for keeping your body functioning at its best. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that being physically active is absolutely CRUCIAL to good physical and mental health. Exercise not only can ward off obesity, but it lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and the other dangerous health effects of a stressful, sedentary life. Research has shown it helps soothe stress and can even relieve depression, too.
In addition, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regular exercise and physical activity can be an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies have found that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise can also be used to help treat high blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking. But I’m pretty sure you already know most of, if not, all of that.
Exercise is so essential that making time for exercise has to be among the things considered non-negotiable in life – like going to the grocery store even if you don’t want to when you need food or paying your bills.
Exercise is a paradox – it can make your muscles physically tired, but you’ll actually feel more energised from it. Exercise increases your blood flow which means that your heart is pumping oxygen to your brain, muscles, and tissues faster. It also promotes the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and natural endorphins that will make you feel better and more energised. Even moderate exercise can improve your energy levels!
As I mentioned, between kids, functions, work and other responsibilities of life, our modern 24/7 lifestyle often leaves us feeling like there is just not enough time in the day to fit in a workout. Exercise becomes a low priority in our already crammed schedules.
So, instead of trying to find time to work out, think about HOW you can make time. Some activity is better than none. The trick is to find a block of time in your daily schedule that’s consistently free of commitments. Or schedule your workouts like you schedule meetings and work around them.
Make a chart or keep a log to track your workouts. Give yourself a reward for meeting your fitness goals – a reward that you really want (not alcohol or cake). For example, if you love massages, book a massage at the end of every month if you complete your target number of work outs.
Lastly, master your mindset! Think of working out as something enjoyable. Never think of it as something you have to do, but instead as something you WANT to do.