“But I don’t have time to work out. I want to – but I can’t.”
Give me just a brief moment to share some tough love: that’s a load of crap. If you wanted to, you’d make the time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. No one gets any extra hours. It all just depends on what we choose to do with those hours and how disciplined we are with our time.
Now that I’m off of my soapbox, I’ll tone it down a bit. People way overestimate the time it takes to get healthy. Whether it’s to use it as an excuse not to or you just genuinely believe it takes hours and hours a day to make your fitness goals happen, you believe you don’t have time.
For example, people think it takes hours and hours a day of training to become a bodybuilder. I used to think so, too, until I figured out the right way to train. My longest day in the gym is leg day and it takes about 45 minutes from the moment I start to the moment I walk out of the door. In less than 5 hours a week, I have seen tremendous more growth in the last month and a half than I have seen in 6 months of training for 2+ hours a day.
I also do an hour of cardio 3-5 days a week. So the total amount of working out that I do is less than 10 hours a week. And that’s because I have huge body goals.
If bodybuilding isn’t your goal, that’s totally cool. If fitness isn’t a sport you’re working to compete in, then it will take you even less time. But even if it is your goal, you don’t have to go all in with your time right away. You can start small and work your way up. But you first have to dispel the mindset that you can only start when you have a ton of time to devote to it.
So how do you make it count when you don’t have a lot of time? You go hard. You don’t give yourself excuses or much time to rest. Whether it’s a workout video, in the gym, or going for a run around your house. Go hard and commit. Make that 20 minutes the hardest work you put in that day. Make it your goal to do an intense 20 minute workout 5 days a week. This will help to develop the habit without having to devote hours to it. Remember – it’s not about finding time, but making time. You can wake up 20 minutes earlier or stay up 20 minutes later. You may have to sacrifice some Netflix time to make it happen, but you can make it happen as long as you decide to.
Once you’ve made this 20 minutes a habit and created some momentum, the next step is to increase the time. The amount of time you increase will depend on your goals. Creating a goal is important because you’ll be able to create a battle plan and make it happen. When you’re limited on time, strategy is important. It’s so easy to continue to put something off and tell yourself you can’t make the time if you don’t have a goal to work towards.
Now is not the time to give excuses and reasons you don’t have time for goals. Now is the time to feel empowered enough to say that you will make time for your goals. Even if that goal is to stick to a 30 minute workout 5 times a week for 6 months, you need to have a goal. It’s not an option – it’s a requirement. It’s the only way to make workouts worth your time.
It really is possible to make fitness a part of your busy life. But you have to put in the effort needed to make it a part of your life.
Where are you going to make the time for your fitness goals?