“I don’t have time to workout” is probably the #1 excuse for many people that don’t workout – I know that is my excuse when I don’t exercise on a regular basis. If you are reading this post then more than likely you want to find the time to include physical fitness into your daily routine. Read about my fitness journey and suggestions to motivate you to schedule fitness into your daily routine. Stop making lack of time your excuse and start moving today!
For me, finding the time to workout with 2 kids, a full time job and commute was difficult. I gained 60 pounds (yes, SIXTY) during BOTH pregnancies (that’s a total of 120 lbs gained in a 3 year period!) and it wasn’t all baby weight – so needless to say that it took some effort to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight but I was able to because I set a goal to make time and stuck with it… and you can do it too!
The first step to finding time to workout is deciding to make the time. Is your physical health and well being worth a small portion of your day? Do you feel great in the clothes that you wear? Do you want to live a longer, healthier life? Do you want to be physically fit to pick up your kids or grand-kids? I struggled with finding time to workout after AJ was born and I wanted to loose another 15 lbs to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. We had a family friend that was a Beach Body Coach and I remember her saying that I should try out a new workout program that was only 25 minutes a day. I remember telling her that I don’t know where I will find 25 minutes a day!
After much time researching the program and looking at before and after pictures of other’s success stories, I was motivated to make a change and to find time somewhere in my day. It was actually easier than I thought to find time! The hubby and I started getting up 30 minutes earlier each morning and working out together. At that time, we were getting ready to move and had boxes piled up in our living room but we had just enough space to workout. After 6 weeks of this program, we both felt great and in shape and I quickly lost those last 15 lbs of pregnancy weight. Set your alarm to wake up 30 minutes earlier and squeeze in a killer workout like this one or this one!
Choose Activities that Work For You
I hate running so I will never run to get in shape. I just can’t do it! But I love biking and quick cardio at-home-workout programs like this one. I also like lifting weights and taking long family walks in the evening. Find an activity that you enjoy and it won’t feel like work! Maybe you like swimming, playing basketball, tennis or taking leisurely walks with the dog or the baby stroller in the park. Whatever activity you like, incorporate them into your daily routine. You will be doing something that you enjoy and becoming a healthier version of yourself at the same time.
Workout During Your Commute
Since I recently started working from home, my commute consists of taking the kids to and from school. Although we could walk to Leela’s school and that would be great exercise for both of us! Maybe you can walk or jog to work or ride a bike. At my recent desk job in the city, I had several clients that would bike 10 miles to work daily. There was a free gym in our office building with locker-rooms and showers so they could tidy up before working for the day – otherwise, maybe a jog home might work for you.
Get Your Friends or Family Involved
I love getting the kids out for a family walk in the evening. It gets them away from the TV and provides quality family time. We’ve made our walks fun by incorporating kid’s games into the activity – like I Spy so they don’t get bored or tired. The hubby and I will also take the dog for a walk, just the two of us 🙂 You could also ask a friend or neighbor to meet you at the gym, bike trail or a jog down the street. Not only will you get some exercise but you can also socialize!
Do You Have 10 Minutes to Spare?
Some of us just cannot find a few minutes for a bathroom break during the day, let alone a workout – I get it! Consider doing this 10-minute workout (I also own this program and it’s great for a quick 10 minute workout) or try an easy Yoga workout. I like to do some quick Yoga stretches in the morning and it also helps me wind-down after a long day. If yoga is not your thing, do some quick sprinting in place, jumping jacks, lunges, squats and stretch – some of these you can do in your office during a lunch break – Anything to get you moving for 10 minutes!
When you use time as your reason for not working out, you are really giving an “excuse.” You can make time in your day by waking up earlier or skipping that late night TV show. Find activities that you enjoy doing and it won’t feel like you are “working” out and it will be easier to schedule during your busy day. Use time with loved ones to schedule a physical activity that everyone can enjoy while also spending quality time together. If you can only find 10 minutes in your day, at least commit to 10 minutes and then add another 10 minutes if you can. Once you have scheduled fitness into your routine, try to keep scheduling regular activities during your day and you will create healthy habits for the long term.
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