Can’t Find the Time to Work Out?

Too busy to work out? Doubtful. The truth: Finding time for your health is entirely within your power.

I am insatiable about encouraging people to add exercise to their daily lives. The power it holds is incredible – you are healthier, you have more energy and you can manage stress more easily – the exact things we need most desperately in our lives today.

The problem, of course, is time. We are working, cleaning, shopping, transporting – the list goes on and on. And we feel simply like we don’t have time to exercise.

We need to make exercise a priority. For many, it comes down to time management. Think about it this way, what happens if we don’t exercise. How will a sedentary lifestyle affect you next year? In five years or 10 years? Will you have time for multiple doctors appointments? Will you have time to take medication every day to treat your high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes? It’s time to take your health off the back burner. If you want to exercise, you’ll make the time. Here are a few promising strategies to help you make your health a priority:

Limit screen time.
You can lose hours aimlessly surfing social and TV channels. These are valuable hours you could be spending your time being active. Consider trading in 60 minutes of low-value screen time for exercise. I bet you won’t even miss it and I know you’ll feel better.

Learn to delegate.
What tasks can you hand off so you can make your health a priority? Can your kids take on some household chores? Can you spouse make dinner? Can your colleague run that meeting? Can things be done less often?

Change your mind.
Psychologists suggest that editing your negative self-talk is a powerful way to support a healthy lifestyle. Anytime you catch yourself thinking, “I’m too busy to work out.” change your thought too, “I’m making me a priority.”

Know you.
What is your fitness personality? The easiest way to fit exercise into your life is to want to do it. If you aren’t focusing on the right workout for your personality it’s easy to not find time for exercise. For example, my friend loves to run. I don’t and I can find any excuse in the world not to run (sorry Stef). It’s just not my fitness personality. Now STRONG on the other hand – I won’t miss that for anything.

Go hard.
When you’re short on time, focus on high-payoff workouts. Look for a workout that drives intensity in a challenging progression providing a total body workout. The result? You reach your fitness goals faster.

Fitting exercise into your busy schedule is hard, but it’s well worth the effort. Try it for a month. I think you’ll find that it pays you back many times over, and in ways you never expected.

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PS. You can bring your kids to class.  A lot of us moms do.