With work and family lives being more hectic than ever nowadays, finding time to exercise can often be as difficult as workouts themselves. Seeing results takes consistency and commitment. Without a consistent slot in the day to exercise, it can be very difficult to establish a routine. If you continue to struggle finding a consistent time in your day 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 prioritize them. Consciously or subconsciously they are 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 your 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. But 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,
Because you have had bad experiences 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
Fitness has evolved so much over the years that nowadays you can achieve full body transformations exercising less than 30 minutes per day at the right intensity.
My online clients follow the short sharp workouts I prepare for them, that can be done anywhere and with minimal training equipment and they are achieving far more than people spending over an hour in expensive gyms.
By eliminating the need for a gym when training, you also cut down on the travel time. Realistically, an hour spent at a gym requires closer to 2 hours on average when you factor in travel time to and from the gym.
You don’t know where to look!
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.
Because you actually don’t 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. You need to find a fundamental reason WHY you want to exercise and work out. It may be purely an aesthetic reason, it may be that you want to be able to keep up with your kids, it may be solely a health reason, if it gets you started and into a routine then it’s a perfectly good reason. And remember, nobody needs to know that reason apart from you.
I first got into working out at 18 years old, because a girl I really liked told be she likes fit, athletic guys. It sounds so ridiculous looking back now, but it got me into exercising 4-5 times a week.
Of course motivations and drivers change over time, but the key is it got me started. 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 and this is the motivation we are looking for.
“Moving away from pain is always greater, longer lasting motivation than moving towards pleasure”
For example, If you say “I want a body like Daniel Craig” this isn’t enough, that motivation will last a day or 2 at most. If you say I “I want to look like Daniel Craig because my waistline is now 6 inches bigger and I have no muscle tone on my upper body and I now have very high blood pressure” that last part is your motivation. The motivation of moving away from “my waistline is now 6 inches bigger and I have no muscle tone on my upper body and I now have very high blood pressure” and changing that will genuinely keep you going for a long period of time.
Keep constant reminders, visual motivators somewhere private in your phone to refer to on those days when you are lacking motivation or need that little reminder as to why it is worth doing. Approach every exercise session with a purpose and an objective you want to achieve. That could improving on a previous time or pace, or going longer in your sets, whatever it is make sure you have an objective you want to achieve to ensure you are progressing every single time.