Being too busy to workout is the #1 excuse people give for not actually starting or reaching their goals. It doesn't matter if you're the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company, a receptionist for that company or the owner of a local mixed martial arts training studio…
We all have the same amount of time.
It all comes down to how you manage your time and prioritize your obligations. Everybody has 24 hours in a day. Or, as I look at it – everybody has 1440 minutes in a day.
Every day, I hear peoples excuses that they don't have time and are too busy to workout. I stress the word “excuses” because, more often than not, that's all it is.
They can't seem to find the time to workout, but they can squeeze in a 3-hour Netflix binge-watching block every day, or an hour to play X-Box or anything else except what will get them closer to their goals.
People come into my office on a daily basis, saying how they want to lose weight, get stronger or just be a better version of themselves, but when it comes down to it – they don't want to change anything to be able to find the time.
Sometimes, it seems like they expect me to just offer a magic pill for them to take and meet their goals – but not inconvenience them. It doesn't work that way. Life doesn't work that way. It's definitely not easy and it takes some changes – but if you really want it, you can make it happen.
It starts with your mindset.
Instead of thinking you have 24 hours in a day, try shifting to the perspective of having 1440 minutes in a day – and guard those minutes like they are worth something. Break them off in 15-minute chunks. Hell, start using 5-minute blocks if you're really swamped.
Get in a routine.
I will be the first to admit, not having a schedule feels awesome.
Come, go and do what you want with no set time to be anywhere and no deadline to get anything done. Usually, though, that just means that nothing will get done and you won't go anywhere.
While it's difficult for some people at first, once your mind and body adjust to the structure of a routine, it will get easier.
“Finding Time” really means making time.
It's easier to make the time when you build it into your daily routine. Plan your day first thing in the morning or the night before. Everything from stupid little time-suck tasks like Facebook and emails – to major projects and picking up the kids.
Don't forget the gym!
When something we consider important comes up in our lives, we find a way to make it work with our schedule – from movie night to spa day to a doctors appointment. The gym might not be as important as some things, but we all have ultimate control over what goes on in our calendar.
Having a hard time finding the time? Start using a time tracker app like RescueTime. You might still struggle to fit in a workout but will most likely find that you easily spend 3x as much time goofing off or doing tasks that could easily be consolidated or moved.
Consider training in your home.
I get it.
Walking into a strange place with a bunch of strangers to be at your most vulnerable is not something most people look forward to. I can't count the number of cars that I see drive through my parking lot during a class but choose to keep driving because it can be intimidating.
That's exactly why I created a short 30-day at-home training program.
So, whether you can't find the time or are intimidated about walking into a gym for the first time – here's your chance!
So join the 30-day at-home fitness Warrior Challenge.
Don't lie to yourself.
You can lie to me. You can lie to your mom. You can lie to your spouse. But lying to yourself is not only pointless, but it's also not doing you any favors. So, next time, instead of saying you can't find the time for something, that you're too busy to workout… how about just being honest with yourself and say that it's just not a priority.
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What You Can Do
The founder of Combat Mindset, Michael Saad, is a straight-forward and easy to follow Results Coach that helps athletes, fighters and tactical operators get mentally and physically stronger.