Just over a week ago I wrote an article about excuse making when it comes to your individual health (you can read the article HERE). The No. 1 excuse people make when it comes to not exercising, or just taking care of their overall health, is time.
There simply isn’t enough time!
It’s funny to me when I think about it, considering we all are allotted the same 24 hours a day, yet some make time, while others make excuses. But back to the task at hand, after thinking back on my other article I wondered what ‘busy’ was for everyone. Let’s be honest, it can take all different shapes, sizes and forms.
For instance, some people who are married, have one child and a full-time job consider themselves to be the busiest people on the planet. Not to suggest you aren’t busy, but is someone who has more children and works longer hours considered busier?
Put these two aforementioned people in a room together and you would hear a litany of reasons why one is busier than the other.
What spawned these thoughts were when I overheard a co-worker talking about her two children are the main reasons why she is too busy to exercise like she wants. Of course, my defense mechanism kicked in and I started thinking about my own life.
I’m married, essentially hold two full-time jobs, have four kids (and a fifth on the way) and have a 45-minute commute one way to work. On top of all that, until this year I was also a head coach in the spring sports season.
And I still found time to workout on schedule.
But when I put my own arrogance and pride aside, I seriously pondered what being busy really was. I’m busy, but I guarantee there is someone out there who is doing what I do, without a significant other around to help, and probably working longer hours. Now that is busy.
Whether you are a single mom working several jobs, or a family man just trying to make ends meet, the important thing here is to always make time for yourself. The tricky part of this equation is to figure out what time that actually is.
After the birth of our first two children, I struggled getting to the gym. I had always worked out in the afternoon, dropped my gym membership, and thought I could just do some stuff at home to stay fit.
Wrong. It didn’t work.
It wasn’t long before I had exhausted my options at home, maxing out on the 45-pound dumbbells I had at the house. I had to find a solution, and when we moved into a new home closer to the gym, I found my answer.
I had to start going to the gym in the mornings.
My usual workout time throughout college, and after, was the afternoon. I enjoyed the fact I was up and would be capping off my work day with a strong workout. I had attempted to workout in the morning before, but the workouts were dull and had me yawning throughout.
But at this point I didn’t have an option. After work I was either heading to practice, or needed to get kids from daycare. Early morning workouts were the only way for me to be able to get my workouts in without anything getting in the way. I have to be honest, it was tough at first. Waking up at 5:00am to head to the gym took time, but after a few months my workouts were getting better and better. Now working out in the morning is my preferred time to train. If I workout after 9:00am I find myself lacking the usual motivation I possess in the early morning hours.
This isn’t to suggest everyone reading this should be working out in the wee hours of the morning like me, but you have to find what works for you. Maybe you have to go to the gym after the kids go to bed, or you have to get a workout in during your lunch hour?
Just remember…we all get the same 24 hours. Some make time, while others make excuses. We are all busy in our own way, but everyone can make time to get healthier and put themselves first, for once.