We've all said it. I'm guilty too.
Not for a long time, but I've definitely said it.
However, after training athletes and general population clients for almost 15 years now, "I don't have time to workout" has become the proverbial nails on the chalkboard for me.
It's a cop out.
You know, I know it, and here's how to fix it:
1) Admit to yourself that you are not special. EVERYONE is busy. Doesn't matter if you're a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a student with all AP and honors courses or a Mom with 7 kids, it's time to have a chat with yourself.
2) Instead of saying, "I don't have time to workout", say what's really going which is, "My health is not a top priority for me." At least that way you get to feel the sting of putting your health on the backburner for numerous other things that are much less important. You are also taking responsibility for your decisions instead of blaming it on the inconsiderate jerk who made days only 24 hours long.
3) Understand that your health is more important than your family. Sounds crazy but if you really think about it, the healthier you are, the better spouse, parent, friend, son, daughter and sibling you are. The research is very clear how much happier people that workout and stay active are and guaranteed your family wants to chill with the happier version of you.
Ok, now that you've cured yourself by taking the above three steps, you're ready to take responsibility for your health and make it a priority. How do you do that?
We actually know now that will-power is something that gets used up throughout the day. So, get your workout done before work, before the kids get up, before........well pretty much everything.
The longer the day goes on, the more variables and road blocks that can show up to derail your good intentions.
Remember, it could be something as simple as a walk, a run or shoot, even jogging in place in your living room.
Leave comments, questions and respectfully worded snide remarks below!