So, it’s Tuesday. Might I just say it was a loooong one, too? On the plus side we are one day closer to Friday!
Today was quite the opposite for me than yesterday as far as coming up with ideas for my Weighing In With Coach Amber post. Yesterday, there were what seemed to be a million ideas flying around in my head. This may seem like a good problem to have, but it made it really difficult to make a decision. Today I had about two ideas I was considering.
Some days there’s so much going on in my brain, it’s as if it isn’t working at all (or maybe it’s working too well…who knows?).
The good news, though, is that I’m ready to talk to you about something too many people interested in changing their fitness routine in order to meet a personal health and/or fitness goal use as an excuse: Time management. Or, rather, a lack thereof.
HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME FOR FITNESS?
I get asked some form of this question almost weekly. “How do you do it with everything you have going on?” “How do you find time?”
Find time? I’d be searching for an eternity if I actually had to look for an extra hour in the day to get my workout in. That’s because you can’t find the time. YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE TIME!
I’m sure that phrase sounds like a broken record to most of you. Nonetheless, the statement is still true. All of us are “too busy” to go to the gym until we decide that we aren’t. We also “don’t have the time” to prep multiple meals for the following day until we finally decide that we need to make the time to do it.
If you think this way (as I did, too, at one point in time) you’re not alone. Because I’ve used it more times than I care to admit, this makes it oh-so-easy to call the complainers and finger pointers out on this excuse when they use it.
MAKE IT ABOUT YOU, NOT OTHERS
Excuse making isn’t a contest. We all have things we can point to that threaten to take time out of our day and keep us from achieving our goals.
It doesn’t matter if you have a high demanding job, 3 kids at home (like I do), college classes, or anything else that may make it seem like you have it worse off than others.
Trust me when I tell you that NO ONE has time. There isn’t enough time and there never will be enough time if it’s not important enough to you to make time for it.
It all comes down to your priorities.
It’s okay to make it about you! Make your health and fitness the priority it deserves to have in your life. Know and understand that no one else can do it for you. You are worth making time for. And I promise you won’t regret it.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE TIME
The best way to make sure you have time to get your workout in is to cut out unimportant activities. Do you know how many hours I spend watching television in a given week? ONE. SINGLE. HOUR.
On Sunday nights, after the kids are in bed, I turn on the TV to relax. I usually fall asleep before that hour is even up. I only allow myself to have time for this because I make sure to get my workout out in early in the day. I make sure to get what’s important done before I allow time for less important activities.
You have to make it a priority. If it isn’t a priority, then you need to realize that “not having enough time” is just an excuse. That’s all. It’s not that you don’t have time, it’s just simply not a priority in your life.
I struggled with this when I first began my journey back into fitness. I was overweight, had no confidence, and really just wanted to stay inside with my kids. Making time for my health and fitness was a daily struggle.
It does get better, though! The longer I stuck to it, the more it became part of my routine. Eventually I just liked doing it. I can honestly say that I love my gym time.
It has become a part of who I am and I can’t even imagine my daily routine without it.
Make a list. Sit down and and really think about how you spend your day. Hour by hour.
If it’s hard to do from memory, go ahead and track how you spend your time for a couple of days.
If you can identify a few blocks of time spent checking your social media sites, watching YouTube videos, or engaging in any other distraction, you can bet there’s enough time to at least get a 20 minute cardio or lifting session in. And you’d probably still have enough time after that to check your friends’ status updates.
Think you’re too tired and “need” to take a short nap? You don’t. In fact if you just get up and get your body moving you’ll quickly find that you had more than enough energy.
HERE’S HOW I MADE IT WORK (AND YOU CAN, TOO)
It took me a long time to figure out the best way to fit my workout into my day. I work evenings, so I figured going to the gym after work at midnight would be best for me because I could workout, go to sleep, and get a good night’s rest.
That lasted about a month. Do you know why? Because no matter how tired I was I couldn’t get enough sleep. It didn’t matter when I went to bed. The kids were going to get me up early.
So I decided to start getting up, making breakfast, getting the kids ready, and heading to the gym early. That was the best time management decision I have ever made. Plus, it gives me so much more energy for the rest of my day!
You know what that somehow lead to? A messy house! I don’t know about you, but a messy house stresses me out! And it wasn’t until recently that I MADE time to make the cleanliness of my house a priority. And you know what? I still get to the gym…. just a little earlier. I just don’t get that 30 minute nap in before work, but it’s well worth the sacrifice.
In fact, I even recently had to up my cardio time by thirty minutes – due to having to cut fat for my upcoming competition – from thirty minutes to one hour a day. So if I get to the gym late, and can only get 30 minutes of cardio in instead of my hour, I go for 30 minutes after work as well. Do you know why? Because it’s a priority. And it’s important to me.
I make time for it.
I hope it’s clear that if you’ve been excusing your lack of fitness because you think you don’t have enough time in the day you’re really just getting in your own way. It’s time to get out of your own way and time for you to make time and take action!
The next time someone asks you why you haven’t started your fitness plans you’ve been talking about, think twice before spitting out those four little words that make you think it’s okay to put off making yourself healthy and sexy a little longer. “I don’t have time” is a lie you’re telling yourself and others that’s holding you back from achieving your potential.
You. Can. Do. It.
I promise. I just sat here and ate a bowl of green beans while staring at a tray of mini cupcakes just across the counter. No joke.
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It’s truly all about will power.
As hard as it is to see sometimes, time truly is on your side. But you have to make it work for you and not against you.