(Not enough) time to work out!
It is the oldest excuse in the book. I am guilty of it myself. When life gets busy, sometimes the first thing to go is the workout routine. Although we know we need it and it will improve our day, it still often gets the shaft. So, why do we make ourselves victims of the “Not-Enough-Time Cycle?” Fortunately for us, even though we are busy, a little pre-planning can keep us on track.
Excuse No. 1: “I don’t have time for a full workout, so I guess I will just skip it today.” What makes us think that no exercise is better than a little? Keep a resistance band in your desk drawer at work. A few sets with one of these will give you that extra burst of energy you may need to get through the day. Since this wouldn’t be considered a full workout, run up and down the stairs a few times, do lunges to the bathroom, and park a block away at work. These little changes can really add up.
Excuse No. 2: “I don’t have time to go home and change before and after a workout.” After years of racing back and forth across town, I finally made the change to a gym bag. It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? It is a perfect solution to store your workout clothes, shoes, music, and whatever else it takes to get ready. Now, at least you can cut out driving time.
Excuse No. 3: “My lunch break at work isn’t long enough.” If it is an express workout you need on a day such as this, there are ways to squeeze it in…if you really want to. Thankfully, others recognize the busy schedules most of us have. Crossroads Fitness offers 30 Minute Lifestyles Express Training Classes. Not everyone can fit an hour of training in their schedule, but almost everyone can fit in a half hour.
Excuse No. 4: “My days just fill up.” Try scheduling your workout in your daily planner. Plan it as if it were an appointment you can’t miss even if you are working out on your own. If you are like me, once a task makes it to the “daily list,” it has to get done.
Excuse No. 5: “I am a people pleaser. I make sure everyone else is taken care of before I am.” Keep in mind that if you don’t make time for you, why should anyone else make time for you? You need to be healthy and happy first, and then the responsibilities of everyone else will be more manageable.
Excuses are just ways to make us feel better about not doing the things we should be doing. Small daily changes to your lifestyle will make for a happier, healthier, and more productive you. From express workout classes to packing a gym bag, there are many creative ways to manage your time and include exercise in your routine. Now, time is no longer an excuse.