Monday, September 2, 2013

I Don't Have Time

One of the most common reasons excuses I hear from people regarding their health or fitness habits revolves around time, specifically not having enough of it. Reaching for unhealthy food is deemed acceptable because there just isn't the time. Blowing off a workout because there just aren't enough hours in the day. Not committing to a fitness plan because they work full time, have children, volunteer, have extra curricular activities, and are barely sleeping at night because there are just too many other things they HAVE to do. I hear it all the time, whether it be with clients, potential clients, friends, family, or random people I encounter. I cannot tell you how many times I hear this as a reason for not incorporating fitness into the daily grind.

I listen quietly to them. And cringe.

The fact is, NOBODY has enough time. We fill our plates with so many things, we keep ourselves busy from early morning to late night with something. There are other commitments to attend to, other people to please, other activities that must be engaged in. If I were to respond to these people (and depending on who it is, I do) it would be this: "then being healthy and fit just aren't that important to you." Fact - you are in charge of prioritizing your days. If working out isn't fitting into your life, then it is because you are making the decision that other things are MORE important. Let's cut right to it - anyone can find 30 minutes out of a 24 hour day to exercise in some way. Nobody says you have to work out for hours, in fact that's totally unnecessary and unhealthy. 30 minutes is enough to get your body working hard at a level that will induce change. Personally I feel like I don't have time to work out either. I have 2 very young children and a lot of responsibility in my life. I decided a couple years ago though that my health was a priority. If I had to let go of some other things, so be it. Fitness made it to the top of my list and everything else would either fall into place around that, or fall away entirely. Because time feels limited to me, my days typically begin at 4:30. I sacrifice a little bit of sleep to ensure my health is taken care of before anything else. That's how important it is to me. A few years ago I never would have believed I would get up so early. The thought of it would have made my stomach churn. I mean, who in their right mind gets up in the middle of the night?? Not only do I want to make sure I take my health seriously, I know that mornings are when I am most successful I know that if I don't work out right away, it's likely I won't work out at all. I set my day up to be successful before it even begin.

I don't have time. I MAKE time.

Yes, you do have time. If you completely disagree with this statement, then if you are really ready and really desiring to make a commitment to your health, you must make a conscious decision to let something else go. Perhaps perusing Facebook, or watching 2 hours of t.v. at night or drinking on the weekends will have to go.

If your health is that important to you, you will find a way.

So my question to you is this, how do you make the time to incorporate fitness into your life? Or if you are just starting out on your journey, what are you willing to do to make it your priority? As always, contact me with any questions, I am here to cheer you on! xxoo