I don’t have time to workout. We’ve all been there, right?
The biggest challenge I have had with exercise is time. I’m a mom, wife, work full time, going to school; life gets so hectic! However, not having time has been my best (and worst) excuse. These are some of the ways I have problem-solved time and made exercise a priority for my health.
1) Exercise in the cracks of life.
I remember when I was working about 60 hours a week. I would come home from work to feed the kids, put them to bed, and then start my schoolwork for my doctorate. How could I fit exercise in that schedule?
What I started to do was use my FitBit and take 5-10 min breaks every few hours to walk around my building. I called them “health breaks”. I figured that smokers did the same thing, so why not use that concept? I also had 5lb dumbbells in my office and every time I got up to use the restroom I would do a set of bicep curls.
2) Health Lunch.
When I worked in a prison we had a gym I could use. At the time I was prepping to get into the Air Force so I would go to the gym during lunch. There was NOT a shower option so wipes became my friend (and co-workers friend). I decided that I didn’t need to look like a supermodel at work, and getting my workout in was more of a priority than perfect hair.
During my time in the Air Force I found that I NEEDED a lunch workout. I found a cross fit class about 5 mins away. So I went to cross fit and then went home and showered (without re-doing my hair) all in an hour. Not only did my body see good results but I was always more productive in the afternoon.
Lunch workouts can be as simple as walking in place for 30 mins. It’s activity and that is what matters.
3) Pretend to be a morning person.
I am NOT a morning person. Let me repeat that, “I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON!” However, I know that the likelihood of me exercising after work is slim to none. I get up an hour earlier, already have my bag packed, and I go to the gym and workout. When I’m done I feel a sense of accomplishment and my focus is better all day.
4) Get an accountabilibuddy.
One of the biggest ways I’ve been successful at getting my exercise in is accountability and support. If I tell someone “I’m going to workout today and check in with you when I’m done.” I am more likely to do it. Fun fact: I have 12K accountabilibuddies! I realized early on in my weight loss and health journey that adding accountability to my routine was key. I started a Facebook group of like-minded people and daily I check in. Seeing their hard work also helps me know I’m not alone. Believe me, I have days that I don’t want to exercise but my desire to say, “yay I did it!!” is stronger.
5) Expectation management.
It is not realistic for me to work out for 2 hours. It also is not realistic for me to have a bikini bod in a month. It is realistic for me to do at least 20-30 minutes of exercise. It is also realistic that in a month I may be able to do more squats, walk a little longer and not be out of breath, or lift 8lb dumbbells instead of 5lb.
I had a friend tell me once that all I had to do is run every day for 15 minutes. No more, no less. I thought, “15 mins is easy. I can jog for 15 minutes.” What I found was that once I started my 15 minutes it would always end up being 20 or 30- because the issue wasn’t the 15 minutes, it was the getting started. A few months later I had established a daily habit and I even completed a half-marathon.
If you are like me, there are days where you feel on fire for fitness (haha) and days you are able to convince yourself that exercise is BS and you don’t need to do it anymore. The bottom line is this: we need to make ourselves a priority, and exercise is a part of that. It can be as simple as a 20 minute walk daily all the way to being the best person at the gym on the leg press. Sometimes time may be our “excuse” when the issue is really motivation (MUST READ: 4 Things to do When on the Motivation Struggle Bus). Other challenges could be related to our internal “battle” which is a huge part of our transformation (MUST READ: After Weight Loss Surgery). Regardless of what you are faced with, acknowledging and owning the struggle is the path to overcoming it.
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