In todays society we are constantly fighting against time. Minutes turn into hours, hours into days, days into weeks, weeks into months and so on. Before we know it, a whole year has passed and we didn’t achieve anything that we intended to achieve. One of the most common new years resolutions? ‘I will make time for the gym’. The most important part of that statement is the word ‘MAKE’. The onus is on us to ‘create’ time in our hectic schedules. We can’t increase or pause time, but we can manage it!
In this blog I’m going to offer you solutions as to how you can better manage your time, so that it’s no longer your number one excuse for skipping workouts. The most important factor to remember is that every single person has the exact same number of hours to spend doing whatever they CHOOSE every single day. What you choose to do with that time is completely up to you.
HAVE A PLAN. It’s amazing how often people go day-by-day letting the day run them and just waiting to see what unfolds. Plan out your day in advance! If you’re working from 8am to 6pm and then you have to cook dinner for the family when you get home, realistically the only time you have to work out is before work. In this instance if you CHOOSE not to wake up to workout, time is not the issue, the will power to wake up is. Stick to your plan as much as possible.
NO! Do you have the willpower to say NO? We only have 24 hours in a day, therefore there are only so many things that we can realistically get done. Keeping that in mind, we can’t say yes to everything that we are asked/invited to do. If a friend invites you over for dinner, but your workout is scheduled in your daily plan, which one is your priority? Now I’m not recommending you become anti-social, quite the opposite. If you know your daily plan, you can schedule social activities on one day and your workouts on another. Even better than that, you and your friends could workout or participate in classes together – ‘two birds with one stone’.
Breaks. If you have an hour for a lunch break, are you wasting that hour or is it productive. Find a gym close to your place of work and use half of that lunch break to do your exercise. We have a number of members that do just that. Rather than heading back to work sluggish and lethargic, they return energized and in a positive state of mind. That one-hour break that normally gets used up by ‘wasting time’ is now being used as a means of self-betterment.
Communication! I often find that increasing the level of communication easily solves most problems. You’d be amazed at how often I see people’s phones ‘blowing up’ when they’re in the gym with pointless calls, which are again, wasting their time. Tell your work colleagues that this hour is extremely important to you and you don’t wish to be disturbed unless it is extremely urgent. Outline what you consider to be urgent! It’s easier said than done, but not impossible.
This is a BIG one! Be completely honest with yourself, how much time do you spend per day on social media? Those minutes add up and for some would amount to hours daily. If you can cut out some of that, you can find time for the gym!
For me, this is the most important factor! What are your priorities? Ultimately, we make time for whatever we see as being important. Rather than admit that we don’t see our workouts as being more important than watching our favourite TV shows, we blame a lack of time. If you’re watching TV then clearly you have time. If your goal is to lose 50lbs, then that MUST be more important to you than watching The Big Bang Theory etc.
Last tip. How many conversations do you have daily that add nothing to your life and get in the way of your plans? Now by no means am I telling you to be rude or blunt. Politely explain that you have a busy schedule and you have somewhere to be. You can’t afford to miss out on your opportunity to work on yourself because somebody wants to complain about how unfair life is.
Now I understand that all of this is easier said than done, but like anything in fitness, baby steps and gradual progress will get you where you need to be. If you really have no interest in your health or exercise and choose not to workout, then that’s absolutely fine, but we need to stop using time as an easy way out. Remember, you’re in complete control of how you spend every single hour of your day!
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