So many people I speak with tell me they want to be healthy, they want to lose weight, but they just don’t have time to workout. So they ask me how I am able to get a workout in each and every day and be motivated enough to do it.
I always have a hard time finding the best response to this question because I honestly don’t want to upset them. I do understand how they are currently feeling, however, I know first hand that if we truly want to make changes in our life, that we need to make it a priority. And when I do tell them the time that I choose to get up and workout they look at me like I am just nuts! lol
People who live a healthy lifestyle just don’t magically find the time to workout. They make time for it. So when someone says to me, “I want this, I just don’t have time,” is really saying to me that they want this but don’t want to make it a priority. I get it. I have said this myself over the years with many different things actually. I didn’t want to do something so I would say, “Sorry, I am busy”.
But let’s get real for a moment. If we truly, desperately, want to make the changes, we are going to have to make time. And sometimes making time means sacrificing other things in order to make that said thing happen.
Case in point.
I wake up during my work week at 4:25 am every morning so I can get my workout started at 4:30 am. Is this early? You bet your ass it is! lol BUT, I chose to make this the time I workout. Why? Because it was the only time that I found allowed me to get it done.
See, I tried to work out in the evening when I got home. Most of the time it wouldn’t happen because I was needed, or I was tired and didn’t feel like it after working all day. So oftentimes I would end up skipping it. Now I could have worked out at a gym, but at the time our financial situation did not allow for me to have a membership every month, so if I was going to make this lifestyle happen I was going to have to get moving at home. After all, I had a ton of workout dvds just sitting in the closet, there is youtube, google…I mean there is a plethora of information out there for us to get our exercise on!
Anyways, working full-time, being a mom, being married, and having a house to take care of is a huge chunk of my time. I am away from my family for the majority of the day and I only get really 3 hours a night to spend with them once dinner is done and stuff packed for the next day.
So, I choose to get up in the morning and workout. Why 4:30 am? Well, I have to be at work by 7:30 am. So that means I workout for a half an hour, I shower, I like to have a bit of time to just sit and drink a cup of coffee, make my breakfast shake, and then I have to get my daughter up and get her ready, take care of the dog, and then get us out of the house by 7:00 am so I can take her to daycare and then head into work. So in order to allow time I need to get up this early. It is what works the best for me.
So what I have chosen to do is sacrifice some time in the evening by going to bed earlier, so I can get up and get my workout done, so that I can have some time with my family in the evening. Not to mention, I am able to just get my workout done for the day.
So, I made the time necessary to allow exercise into my daily life by making it a priority, and sacrificing certain things I used to do (that at this point I don’t even miss honestly) so that I can make other things in my day a priority as well.
It’s just really a matter of choices honestly. I know they want to hear a magic formula because they just haven’t seen the true reason just yet, but there are just so many things that we do daily that we could cut back on in order to make some time for a workout.
And to prove that you don’t really need to have a ton of time to get a good workout in, I have included an easy home workout that you can do many different ways depending on your time and what you feel like doing.
PICK TWO EXERCISES FROM EACH CATEGORY
DO 8 TO 10 REPS OF EACH MOVE
DO 2 TO 3 ROUNDS
REST WHEN NEEDED
- BASIC SQUAT
- PLIE SQUAT
- SUMO SQUAT
- SIDE LUNGES
- REVERSE LUNGES
- LEG LIFTS
- GLUTE SQUEEZE
- GLUTE BRIDGES
- BICEP CURL
- ARNOLD PRESS
- SHOULDER OVERHEAD PRESS
- SHOULDER FRONT RAISE
- PUSH UPS
- TRICEP DIPS
- TRICEP KICKBACKS
- CHEST FLY WITH DUMBBELLS
- CHEST PRESS WITH DUMBBELLS
- REGULAR PLANK
- FOREARM PLANK