Guy: After working as a fitness trainer for almost 10 years and sitting down with thousands of clients, I always used to hear these two things:
- I don’t know what to eat
- I don’t have enough time
After hearing these two statements over and over again my most effective response became this; Would you like the chocolate coated fluffy answer that’s as useful as a solar-panelled torch, or do you want the hard facts that will help you overcome these problems? I’ll let you decide which kind of post this is :) But it’s well worth 5 minutes of your time.
This an awesome guest post by Shaun O’Gorman. A Police Officer for 13 years, he performed duty in the Covert & Surveillance Unit. Over to Shaun…
HOW TO BEAT “I DON’T HAVE TIME TO EXERCISE”
How many times have you heard or said this?
You may have heard that “I don’t have time to exercise” is the adult equivalent of “The dog ate my homework”. With all due respect I say “BULLS*#T”
What I prefer you say is “I don’t make myself enough of a priority in my life to create time to exercise.”
We all have to find the time to exercise and eat healthy etc to be the healthiest version of ourselves we can be. It is a constant challenge that we all deal with day to day in different ways. IT IS NOT EASY.
I lead a very busy life with 2 beautiful daughters, a full time career that has me travelling quite a lot and a relationship, family, friends etc to find time for in my life. Unfortunately often this doesn’t seem to fit in the 24 hours a day I have to squeeze it into. The way I find the time is I go to bed at 8.30pm at night and get up at 4.30am to train at 5am prior to my day starting. If I don’t train then it seems to become less of a priority and more often than not something gets in the way that stops me training later in the day.
Let me tell you I am not the most thrilled person in the world when I am going to bed at 8.30pm as it is usually after making school lunches or doing some work or cleaning the house or blah blah blah. I am equally unexcited about waking up in the dark at 4.30am to go to training when the rest of the world seems to be asleep. BUT IT IS WORTH IT.
You only have a limited amount of time in your day so you need to prioritise what is important for you. We all have responsibilities that are non negotiable BUT there are a lot of things we don’t WANT to give up. There is a massive difference between what we CAN’T give up and what we WON’T give up. I didn’t want to give up watching my favourite TV shows at night to “unwind” but I can’t do this and have the time to wake up to train. SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE.
Now we come to what is the real issue here – it’s not about time, it’s about how much you value yourself and what you are prepared to do to make yourself and your health & fitness a priority.
You have things you have to do, but I bet you that making yourself a priority is not on that list.
|If you do not make yourself a priority in your life, it will lead to you being unhappy and unhealthy|
It is super easy to put everyone else first in your life, we all like to be the martyr. It is really convenient to eat “Fast Food” that’s how they get you by making it so convenient and cheap, But it’s not really food. We have all been conditioned to think alcohol is a great way to de-stress but it’s not, it actually makes you feel worse the next day due to sugar spikes etc and then you need more that night to “feel better”.
What YOU need to do is PUT YOURSELF FIRST FOR 30 MINS PER DAY, get some exercise, eat healthy and be a happier and more productive person who sets an amazing example to everyone else around them, including, kids, friends and family.
|It will not be easy, but you can do it!|
If you need to get up at 4am to do 50 burpees or a 20 minute yoga routine Monday, Wednesday and Friday THEN DO IT.
If you need to do 5 rounds of 15 Air squats, 10 sit-ups and 5 push ups after the kids go to bed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday then that is what you need to do.
It is a simple example of:
Are you prepared to do whatever it takes to make the time for yourself, health and exercise?
I can hear all the excuses and anger already. It’s not that easy, BUT it can be that simple. I am telling you that it is absolutely that simple.
But it’s not easy.
You might have to give up your favourite TV show, or surfing the net for an hour before bed, or having a glass of wine and relaxing for an hour after the kids are in bed.
The question is:
Are you worth the effort to create the time to train and be healthy?
With the amount of online fitness courses that are available now there are no excuses. You can train at home with no equipment, it costs you nothing, and all you need is 30 minutes a day.
Always remember this:
Make the time to exercise and look after your health… YOU ARE WORTH IT.
Guy: So what’s the conclusion? The reality is we all have 24 hours in a day, but we just need to decide how we prioritise them. There’s a great saying, ‘ask a busy person if you want to get things done’. I totally agree with this! So get busy and make it happen because just like Shaun says… You are worth it.
Help us inspire others! Have you overcome poor time excuses? Or you still struggling to change a few things? We’d love to hear them in the comments below…
About Shaun O’Gorman: Owner and founder of Focus WOD, a company that passionately helps people on their health & fitness journey along with crossfit.
Shaun was a Police K9 Handler for 9 years and also performed duty in the Covert & Surveillance Unit working on large organized crime syndicates. He has been extremely fortunate to encounter a broad range of experiences in his life and all of these have given him the knowledge and experience to take you to the next level and beyond on your Health & Fitness journey. To contact Shaun, Click HERE.