The number one thing I hear people say when it comes to why they don’t exercise is because they “don’t have the time.”
Here’s the thing. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s how we spend it that makes the difference.
Think about it. Beyonce has 24 hours in her day. Barack Obama has 24 hours in his day. The person who you see out running and working out all the time has the same 24 hours. So why can they do it all and you can’t?
The difference between someone who does it all and someone who wants to do it all is that the person who is taking actionable steps to changing their life is MAKING THE TIME to make it happen.
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but there’s no secret formula or trick. Healthy living is not a one time thing. There’s no pill, no shake, no cleanse or diet you can go on for one week and suddenly be a different person forever. Instead of FIGHTING the new and fighting the change, think about BUILDING the new and building those healthy habits. Maybe this means waking up early in the morning to get a workout in before the work day begins, or perhaps it’s a matter of fitting in a quick workout or a bit of meal prep when you have half an hour of downtime. “Oh, but I could sit on the couch and watch my favourite show.” Yes, you could, and that’s great if you want to do that. However, if you are going to kick yourself for sitting there watching TV when you could’ve snuck in a run or a workout, then that’s up to you to decide which is more important.
One thing that’s for certain is that there is a level of sacrifice when it comes to making a positive lifestyle change. Aside from the obvious sacrifices, like cutting back on processed food and sugar (which, I believe everyone should do), you may have to sacrifice staying out for another couple drinks with friends if it means having a good sleep before your busy day the next day, or your early workout class that you’ve signed up for. When I was marathon training, long runs were a huge part of my weekly routine. Instead of being upset that I had to wake up early to get it done on a Monday morning, it simply became part of my life. Eventually all of these little changes compile on one another and soon enough you have formed new habits and these positive changes are all second nature. Every little bit counts.
I will leave you with this: I can assure you that it IS possible to make the time. It may not be easy, but it certainly is worth it!