Does this sound familiar? “I’d love to workout, but I just can’t fit it into my schedule. I simply don’t have the time”. Or, “I go to the gym as often as I can, but with my work/kids/study commitments I usually only manage to get there once a week”.
Hmm. What these people are REALLY saying is that training simply isn’t a priority in their lives. Look, we all lead busy lives, but we choose the things that fill up our days and we can make the choice to change those things too. OK, so you have a full time job, a family, maybe some part time study. And yes, it’s hard to fit everything in, but if you get a little bit creative with your time, it can be done.
I was a classic case in point just a few years ago – full time job, 3 kids, a house to run, seemingly no time for myself, and man, was I tired! Exercise? You’ve gotta be kidding – where would I fit that in?
When my health forced me to rethink my sedentary lifestyle, I simply had to find ways to fit some exercise into my life. So I sat down and thought about my routine, and I realised that I spent a good 2-3 hours every night watching TV. And often not even particularly interesting programs, it was just a habit to sit there and ‘relax’ after dinner. So I tried going to the gym in the evenings and that was OK for a while.
Then I discovered that the gym was much less crowded early in the morning, and I could get my workouts done in even less time when I didn’t have to wait for equipment. So I began getting up an hour earlier and going to bed an hour earlier. The only sacrifice I was making was missing an hour of crappy TV. My family was tucked up in their beds asleep while I was doing my workouts, and I’d get home just in time to get everybody up for school and work at the usual time. I’ve kept up my early morning routine 6 days a week for almost 3 years now…still while working full-time, and now with a business to run as well…. and I wouldn’t change a thing.
These days, when someone says to me that they don’t have time to exercise, I ask them how many hours their days have? They usually give me an odd look, so I tell them that there are 24 hours in my days and I’m pretty sure there are 24 hours in theirs too. The only difference is what we choose to spend those hours doing.
“If you say you can’t do it, then you don’t want to do it. It’s as simple as that.”
- Julie Whitt, 2004 Body-for-LIFE Inspirational Grand Champion.