I assure you, today, you got time, Cuz. It’s interesting when people claim they “don’t have time” to workout. Yet, they have time to eat, go to work, watch TV, brush your teeth, do your nails, shop online, and peruse Facebook for hours. Well, one might say, “But, we have to brush our teeth and go to work.” You should all know that exercising is just as vital as all of those other things that you seem to make time for. My old stomping grounds, Advantage Personal Training, posted a great quote the other day. It said, “Your workouts are important meetings you scheduled with yourself. Bosses don’t cancel.” I think this quote hits the nail right on the gosh darn head. If you don’t want there to be time to do things you don’t want to do, then that will be the case. However, saying you do not have enough time is an outright lie. Kevin Hart is easily one of the world’s most successful and busy people and he works out every single day. How does he do it? He makes time for it. You see, there will never just be time. You have to make time. The same way you make watching your favorite show every Tuesday at 7 a priority, you need to do the same for the gym, especially if you want the results you are looking for.
But, Denzel, how do I do that? Great question. I have a few tips to help you start to prioritize exercising.
Like I pointed out earlier, setting a meeting with the gym is a great place to start. Look at your calendar a week in advance. Find time where you have at least 20 minutes for being at the gym and schedule that shit. Remember this is a meeting, you are a boss you have to be at the meeting.
Ok so if you are super busy something may have to go. Remember you do not need a full hour to workout. 20 minutes is plenty. If you like to binge watch certain shows every day when you get home from work, try to limit that to just a few days per week. Again, the calendar or phone calendar will be your best friend. Mark on your calendar when you are going to watch whatever it is you watch and only tune in during your scheduled time.
You have to cook when you get home from work so you do not have time after work to go. No problem, wake up 40 minutes earlier so you can exercise in the morning.
Stop making excuses! You owe it to yourself, and to the people you love, to take care of yourself first. It feels so good to take care of yourself, but for some reason the people in our society seldom do so. It’s time to start taking care of ourselves again. We are all adults here. I’m sure you can find time for your health. It’s never too late to start.
Find a good coach to help keep you accountable. This will also force you to set a date and time for your workouts. Also, your money will be involved and I know a lot of us don’t like wasting money, so it will make you reconsider when you think about skipping.
Related to the last tip, find a workout partner. This too will make you be accountable because if you don't go you will be letting down your friend which never feels good. Also, it will make you pick a time and place ahead of time forcing you to plan around your workout.
I know a lot of people think they can workout on their own and they don’t need a trainer. Yet, they also complain that they aren’t getting the results they want, or plateaued, or they simply don’t workout on their own! Whatever you need to do to start, make the move. You have the control, you have the power, and you will soon have the strength! No excuses.