“I just don’t have the time.”
This may be the number one excuse that people give for why they don’t exercise.
I hate this excuse, I’m sick of this excuse and I am here to turn this excuse on its head.
Look, I understand why you think you have no time. You are running around from the second you get up until the moment you lay your head down. Maybe you have a full time job outside of the house, maybe you have two toddlers, and maybe you work full time AND have two toddlers. Your life is busy, no doubt about it and when you do have a free moment you want to just sit in front of the t.v. and relax. Am I right?
Ok, so maybe you know where I’m going with this, “Why don’t you just exercise every evening instead of watching t.v?” Well, no, not exactly. Don’t turn off the t.v. just stand up and do 10 jumping jacks, yeah those stupid things our gym teacher used to punish us with. Maybe you will enjoy it, maybe you will laugh at the fact that you are doing jumping jacks in your living room, and maybe you will just be glad when its over. You know what though? It took less than 30 seconds and it wasn’t so bad.
What’s next? Well, that’s really up to you. You could just stop, but, you are already standing up, why not make a game of it. Do 10 more at the next commercial break OR (I know a lot of us watch Netflix and are saying “commercials?”) do 10 more at a scene change. My only request of you? Don’t sit down for the next 15 minutes. Yes, 15 minutes!
“So am I just supposed to stand there while I’m not doing jumping jacks?” Well, you could, but, you could also just walk around the room, you could jog in place, or you could do some arm circles or calf raises (these are all just suggestions, my point is to move).
When the 15 minutes are up, sit down and dwell on the fact that you just moved for 15 minutes, 15 minutes that you used to just sit and watch t.v.
“So, what happens tomorrow?” Well, its up to you. I do ask you, though, to go through these simple steps when contemplating whether or not to exercise again.
- Think about how you felt after doing the jumping jacks. Was your heart pumping a little bit? Were you breathing hard? Did you feel a sense of relief that it wasn’t that bad? If the feelings (physical and mental) were not negative ones, then focus on those feelings to get you started.
- Why are you contemplating exercise in the first place? There has got to be a reason why you even make the excuse of “I don’t have the time.” If you didn’t want to do it to begin with, then there would be no need to make an excuse, right? So, think about it. Is it to gain more energy? Is it health related? What is the reason you are contemplating movement? I know it sounds basic but getting to the root of the matter will help in continuing the behavior. So, say your reason is to gain energy so that you can keep up with your kids. Instead of thinking about doing the jumping jacks, think about where you want to get (overtime) from continued, consistent movement.
- Just stand up. You might feel weird just standing and that’s good. Just standing up will get you that much closer to moving. Whether you decide to do more jumping jacks, jog in place, or whatever; this decision is made 100x easier by already being up.
You DO have the time to exercise! Its there! It doesn’t have to be 2 hours a day/7 days a week. Start where you are with what you have. Progress at a rate at which you feel comfortable. Eventually you will find a nice balance that works for you and your schedule.
Important: I hope you noticed that in this blog post, I never asked you to get motivated or to be motivated, or to find motivation. The truth of the matter is, that you create motivation by acting. Motivation can’t be found and you can’t just “get” it. Simply by standing up and moving, motivation will come.