With your work and family life being more hectic than ever, finding time to exercise can be as difficult as an actual workout. Seeing results takes consistency and commitment. Without a regular slot in the day to exercise, it can be very difficult to establish a routine. If you continue to struggle finding time to exercise, it may be because:
It’s Not A Priority
There is a reason why no matter how busy we are, we still manage to find time for our favorite TV shows, live sports games, hobbies etc. It’s because we prioritise them. Consciously or subconsciously we place them at the top of our priority list and we will do absolutely anything necessary to ensure nothing gets in the way of them.
On the flip side, it is no surprise that the things at the bottom of the priority list rarely get done. Seeing results from exercise takes consistency. I recommend 3-5 times per week of short sharp intense exercise, in order to make sure that happens consistently we need to make sure our training sessions stay as high as possible on that priority list.
Start by trying to keep your exercise time the same each day, and put it in your diary. It is important to give it the same focus and respect you would to a work or family appointment. Nothing takes priority over it.
Because You Are Good At Your Job
The most successful clients I have trained put so much effort and focus on their jobs that they are even prepared to sacrifice their own health and wellness to give more time at work.
I have to say, I take my hat off to these people, but warn them that eventually these habits catch up with you. It’s important to maintain a healthy state of body and mind to ensure you can still perform at this level in years to come.
Because You Are A Good Parent
Great parents put their kids at the very top of the pile. And that is exactly how it should be. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world but equally the most rewarding.
Sometimes you need to help yourselves in order to be able to help others. It shouldn’t only be young parents that can keep up with their kids. Maintaining a good level of health and fitness will allow you to be an energetic, active parent for years to come.
It is important to remember we are role models to our children. An active parent will inspire their children to lead an active lifestyle. With over 7% of children in the UK now classed as clinically obese, it is essential we set an active example for our children to follow.
You Have Had A Bad Experience In The Past
People will find a number of excuses to put off repeating something they had a bad experience in. I was involved in a bicycle accident 2 years ago, it feels like every week since then I keep saying “I really need to get back into cycling” yet I find any excuse not to do it.
I‘m not saying your previous bad experience of fitness is as traumatic as a road accident, but if you have tried a ’fitness solution’ in the past and not seen the results your efforts deserved, that will leave a scar that will deter you from trying other things alternatives in future.
You Think It Takes Longer Than It Actually Does
Finding time in your own diary to add a 30 minute window for exercise can be tough. You personally have looked at your own schedule for a long time and in your head everything is set in stone.
Going over your diary with a friend, partner or professional and getting ‘fresh eyes’ to look at your timetable can often do the trick. It‘s not about having time, it’s about making it. So having somebody go over it with you making suggestions and them asking “why not?” will stop you putting up personal barriers and making excuses.
You Don’t Actually Want To
If deep down you don‘t actually want to find time to exercise, you are never going to. This is where you need to actually work backwards and work out exactly why you want to exercise and have a clear goal in mind. If you keep thinking “I dunno” or “because everybody else does” then you are almost certainly lacking the motivation to achieve the results you are hoping for.
I adopt a ‘by any means necessary’ approach when it comes to making that start. I recommend you to take a look at the reasons why you want to exercise and use them as your motivation. You need to find something that strikes a deep emotional note with you. If you find yourself saying “I want to look like this celebrity”, look deeper into that, there will be a fundamental reason why you want to look or feel like that person over how you look or feel now, this is the motivation we are looking for.
“Moving away from pain is always greater, longer lasting motivation than moving towards pleasure.”