Do you find it hard to find time to keep up an exercise or weight loss program?
You’re not alone – in fact, I’ve been in the fitness industry for years and hands down the most common reason I hear for why people aren’t exercising is that we are all “too busy”.
Busyness is one of the reasons so many women go looking for ‘quick fixes’ to their health, through diet pills, shakes and other diet crazes.
But those quick fixes are never long term solutions, and I want to challenge you that there’s a better solution.
My three ‘babies’ are all grown up now, but ever since they were little and I was a working mum, I had to find time to exercise.
I remember getting up at 5am to go jogging with a friend (thankfully she came and knocked on my door each day – otherwise I might have stayed in bed), and it was so cold that my dog’s eyelashes kept getting covered in ice!
These days’ women often say to me how “lucky” I am that I’m still so fit and healthy – and I tell them it has nothing to do with luck. It’s all about making the choice to be healthy every day, even when you don’t feel like it.
Now I know that you’re busy, so let’s look at how you can do it.
I was (and still am) a busy mum too – what with work, the kids, the parents and in-laws, the house and yard, the weekend sports, the pets, the social life, and the list just goes on. But here’s what I’ve found to be true:
Being busy and having time to exercise are not mutually exclusive.
In other words, just because you’re busy, doesn’t mean there’s no time for exercise. Here’s how.
Did you know there are 48 half hours in every single day? All you need to do is pick one of those and dedicate it to exercise. That’s only two percent of your whole day, and it really is achievable for everyone. In a week you have 336 half hours, and if you exercise just three times a week, for just half an hour, you will still have 333 half hours left to be busy.
The problem is not a lack of time; it’s simply our priorities.
Many of us would spend hours a week on Pinterest or Facebook, or watching the latest cooking, singing or renovation shows on TV.
Rather than seeing exercise as something to fit in around your life, it needs to be an essential component to your life. People that exercise consistently aren’t less busy than anyone else, they’ve just decided that exercise isn’t negotiable for them.
We all fit into our days the things that are most important to us. If weight loss – and your long term health – are really important to you, then you need to choose to make them a priority.
So, ready to give it a go?
Start by breaking down your day into half hours and think about realistically where you could fit in a quick workout. If you really do struggle to find half an hour, then look for fifteen minute slots, and you’ll just have to do more of them.
It really is better to do something consistently over the long term, even if it’s only little.
And ladies, it is so worth it! My kids are grown up now and I’m so glad that I made my health a priority all the way back when they were babies. But more on that later!
Tell me in the comments below, where in your schedule will you make time for exercise? I can’t wait to read your comments!