So let’s talk about the number one reason most people give for not exercising consistently………TIME!
We’ve all been there, we know what it’s like……..we want to work out, we know it’s good for us but by the time we’ve started our day, gone to work, sorted the kids out, made dinner and then taken ‘a load off’ it’s only then we realise that we haven’t worked out! But when can we? We're busy from go to whoa as it is?
I often catch myself saying the familiar ‘If only I had a couple more hours in the day I'd be able to do that workout and choose more healthy food options!’ The problem with that mentality is that there are always more things to do and I’m yet to work out how to inject another couple of hours in to the day!
It’s about managing your priorities.
The ONLY constant for EVERYONE on earth is that we have 24 hours in a day, from the healthiest person to the unhealthiest! You’ve probably heard this before but it deserves mentioning again because, well, it’s the inescapable truth!
What we prioritise in those hours is what we ‘have’ time for. Period.
Sorry, didn’t mean to take away that wonderful excuse that most people will agree with and relate to!!! (Is it too late to give you a ‘Tough Love Warning'?...)
Trust me, I understand, you’re busy - you’ve got a hectic job, children, a partner to think of, a social life to enjoy. Maybe a part time business too, or maybe your studying something.
The inescapable facts are that:
You only have one body
You’re better at everything when you’re healthy, thinking straight and have loads of energy
Healthy people live longer
If we REALLY value those things that are important to us, then we better make sure the best version of ourselves shows up to take care of business, don’t you think?
You’re better in your job (as an employee or employer); as a parent; as a partner; at being social and as a student when you're fit and healthy.
Aaaaaand it actually keeps you on this earth longer so it GIVES you MORE time, not the other way around!! Keep in mind an hour workout is only 4.1% of your day and can add YEARS to your life!
Get creative and find a way to fit a workout into 4 days a week, minimum.
Run or ride to work
Workout in your lunchtime and eat at your desk afterwards
Use playtime with the kids to workout (make it challenging for you and fun for them)
Meets with friends to workout instead of less healthy pursuits!
Replace some TV with some sit ups, squats, burpees, whatever you like!
Find a way to plan and cook healthy meals. Batch them (meaning cook one meal that lasts a few meals and eat the same thing for a few days or freeze them for later).
There are millions of ways to move your body and stay in shape and organise a healthy meal plan.
Can I let you in on a very well kept secret? Once you start to workout regularly and eat nutritiously, you’ll get addicted to the benefits and you’ll WANT to stick with it!
Remember what’s at stake here……it’s literally life or death! In the short term it’s your quality of life at stake - more energy and better attitude means a better day to day. Simple.
It’s a matter of taking 2 steps back to take 5 forward meaning it’ll take up some time to rearrange your schedule to accomodate a healthier way of living but it will pay off with more time in the long run.
On a deeper level it comes down to what you value. Everything you’re doing instead of working out are things you value more highly than health and fitness. At the end of the day, actions speak louder than words and your values are what will dictate your actions!!
Steve Newman is a regular BJJ/Boxing/Movement enthusiast at Stage 6 Health & Fitness and is also the brains and muscle behind The Fitness Mindset: an online course and community dedicated solely to the 'mental game' of any type of fitness transition. The Fitness Mindset coaches people through an 8 step process on how to workout regularly, consistently eat healthy meals and enjoy the process. If you’re struggling to get this sorted then check them out on Facebook or at their website - www.thefitnessmindset.com.au. You can do it in your own time and they'll help you prioritise your health and find more time for a better lifestyle.