I’ve heard this excuse a MILLION times. I’ve even used it myself! But ultimately, if you want something bad enough, you will make time for it. This doesn’t just apply to health and fitness; it can apply to anything in your life – your job, your relationships, your passions.
Make It A Priority
If something is not a priority for you, you will not make time. So if you’re looking to get healthy, make it your top priority! More important than anything else.
Schedule your workouts in and stick to them! I know this is easier said than done. But if you plan them in advance, you’ll be able to work around social events or long hours at work. If you know that you’re going out to dinner one night, wake up early and hit the gym in the morning. Or if you know you’ve got an early start at work, don’t make plans at night so you can fit in your workout. If you need to say no to a social event to get it done, then do it. It’s your top priority now.
The same goes with your diet. Diet is the MOST important factor in being healthy and losing weight. Skipping meals, getting take away and buying snacks from the vending machine at work are just not an option anymore. Prepare all of your lunches and snacks before work. If you don’t have time, do it the night before.
When I was working full time, I would leave for work at 7am. I would wake up at 5am to fit in my workout and then make a smoothie or some oats and eat it in the car on my way to work. Skipping breakfast or grabbing something quick and easy on the way to work just wasn’t an option. Make it work for you.
Sunday should be the day that you do your groceries and meal preparation for the coming week so that you don’t need to resort to take out. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
Spend Your Time Wisely
Time management is something we all know about, but not something that we really think about. There are 168 hours in the week. 56 hours will be spent sleeping, 45 hours will be spent at work, so that leaves an extra 67 hours. What you do with these 67 hours is your choice, but make the most of them!
Sometimes we don’t actually realize how much time we spend doing useless things such as watching TV, playing on our phones or Facebook, or just lazing around. I challenge you to keep a journal to track your time for one week. Write down how long you spend watching TV, playing on Facebook, wasting time at work, etc. See how much time you actually waste.
Don’t let “I don’t have enough time” get in the way of your health. You can do a great workout in less than 30 minutes, so not having the time to workout just can’t be an excuse. Same goes with eating healthy. You have 67 hours in the week to grocery shop and prepare some healthy meals. So make it your priority!