Almost all articles and fitness books will tell you that this is the most common excuse given by people who don’t exercise.
This article will beg to differ.
You really can be too busy to exercise. It does happen. You may be a stay at home mom with 2 toddlers to look after. Once you are done with the cooking, cleaning, washing, etc. you’ll just want to plop yourself in bed and doze off. Who even has the energy for exercise? Or you may be a surgeon at a hospital and after all the erratic hours you work, there really is no fixed time that you can commit to working out.
It is hard. Make no mistake about it. It is hard with a capital H.
So what do you do?
You force yourself to find time to exercise. There really is no other way. If you can just squeeze in 5 minutes of push-ups and sit-ups, then do that. Something is better than nothing. The problem most people face is that they do not have the habit of exercising.
It’s not the time. It’s the habit. If you absolutely must start your day with a cup of coffee, you will absolutely find a way to have that cup. Why? Because it’s a habit… and of course, drinking a cup of coffee is way easier than working out.
The irony here is that the people who are the busiest with the least time to exercise are most often the ones who need it most. They are stressed out and need an outlet to vent their stress. Even a short 15 minute high intensity interval training will work wonders.
When you exercise, your body will release endorphin and other feel good hormones that make you happier, stronger and healthier. No sleep, entertainment or hobby can give you the same health benefits as exercise. The endorphin diminish the perception of pain, promote better sleep and most importantly, they give you a natural “high”. It’s this high that will give you a positive, happy and energetic outlook on life.
This feeling is priceless and unlike artificial drugs, it is neither addictive nor costly. Once you experience it, you will find time automatically to exercise. The most important thing is to take the first step.
If you have a one hour lunch break, take 20 minutes to go for a run. Don’t worry about being too exhausted for work. Once you’re done, you will feel fresher and more energetic.
If you can’t do it at work, no problem. Place a pair of running shoes next to your door and a pile of running clothes near to your door. The moment you step home, change into your sports attire and go for that run or brisk walk. If all you have is 10 minutes, then all you need is 10 minutes… but use that ten minutes.
If you’re a stay at home mom, find a few home workouts so that you can exercise at home. There is a fitness trainer, Emily Skye, on Facebook with 3 million followers. She is beautiful and has an awesome body. Besides that, her workouts are perfect for women who want quick workouts that are efficient. Just follow Emily’s advice.
The key fact that you should take from this article is that it doesn’t matter if all you have is 10 minutes. Use that 10 minutes. No matter how tired you may be, tell yourself it’s just ten minutes and force yourself.
You will require Herculean determination but that’s just the way it is. So, bite the bullet and just do it. Once you start and repeat this for a few weeks, you will slowly discover that exercise does make you feel better than alcohol, soap operas or other “fun” activities. Once you reach this stage, finding time to exercise will be the least of your concerns.
You will have the time. Try it and you will see.