Last week I did an interview with an author for her book. She was looking for wellness professionals to talk about fitness as it relates to personal style etc.
One of the big things we hit on a few times during the interview was the common excuse of “I dont have time to work out”
This is an excuse we all (me included) use for things we just don’t feel like doing. Because when it comes to things we do want to do, we MAKE the time.
We’re all grown ups, we’re all busy.
We all get 24 hours a day.
And we ALL have time to work out.
We just have to prioritize it and craft our days in a way that allows for it.
Here are a couple ideas of how to fit workouts into a busy schedule:
1. Choose pre-made short workouts.
You already know I’m a beachbody coach and beachbody junkie. Focus T25 was amazing for me. I did this program with a newborn and a toddler, and I got great results. It was just 25 minutes a day.
There are other quick workout routines that are just 30 minutes like The 21 Day Fix (and new Fix extreme) and P90X3 and Insanity Max 30. Still too long? How about 10 minutes? 10 Minute Trainer can get you good results in just 10 minutes. Don’t tell me you cant find 10 minutes in your day. I just won’t believe you.
2. Use TV Time
Watching Empire? Scandal? The Bachelorette? Whatever… hop on a stationary bike and ride as you watch! Or walk on your treadmill. No equipment? No excuse, just march in place while you watch your shows. or get one of these! (seriously.)
(Bonus: you’ll likely avoid snacking this way too!)
(Bonus: you’ll likely avoid snacking this way too!)
Or my old fave….
Do the commercial break workout. This is a quick workout routine that is easy to fit in.
Jog in place during the first commercial break. Do as many squats as you can during the next. Then do as many crunches as you can for the next. Pushups for the next break, and repeat that cycle each commercial break…until you’re done watching TV or you pass out…whichever comes first. 🙂
OK, OK don’t go passing out. But definitely try to be active as you watch TV or skip TV for half an hour and do a pre-made workout. Either way, you’ll burn more calories and be on your way to a healthier body.
You do have time to work out.
Let’s create time for workouts this week.
Where are you going to carve out time for exercise?
I love your blog!
I try to start or end my day with a run. Of course there are times when I am too tired to get up, especially after working late! But in those situations I go for a run at the end of the day, the change in weather makes it easy not to have any excuses as a runner.
I definitely have the time to work out, I just don’t always make it a priority. But now that the snow has melted, I’ve been heading t the lake for a quick stroll. It feels so good too!
Laila (@FrontRowMama) says
I so needed to read this this morning as I’m kicking up my workout routine! I agree that it’s so easy to drop and do some squats while watching tv or other mundane tasks. We just have to make the commitment to make it work.
I’m not a big TV watcher but I do have the 21 Day fix. I need to dust it off and commit to finishing the whole 21 days. Well not the food portion because I’m on a diet that works but I definitely need the exercise part.
So true! It kills me especially the folks I see how claim they don’t have time to work out but are constantly sharing on social media all the TV shows they watch. So confusing! What makes it easier for me is laying out my gym clothes the night before and putting them on as soon as I get up. The days I work out are often my best, most productive days. Your TV time suggestion is awesome too! Great tips =)
Christine @MomsNCharge says
I definitely know I can create the time because I was going to Zumba twice a week for one hour each time. But then I got busy and fell off track. I’m def gonna have to check out that 10 min workout so thanks for sharing. I honestly hardly ever watch TV so I won’t pretend to do the commercial break exercises LOL
Siobhan (BeFree Project) says
I love this and I agree with you wholeheartedly we make excuses for that we don’t want to do. Your tips are practical and easy to do. And you posted one of my favorite quotes. Thank you for the reminder that I have to make time for my health just like I make time for every thing else. Great post!
Carin Kilby Clark says
I have absolutely NO problem stating the fact: I don’t like working out and I just don’t want to do it. Yes, I know that I need to. I know that I should. I get all the reasons why it’s important. I just don’t wanna. One of these days I’m hoping that will change… especially since I need to lose a few extra pounds and cardio is really the only thing that’s gonna get me there. 🙁
Julian B. Kiganda (@BoldFearless1) says
I’ve found that as long as I do my workout EARLY in the morning, I don’t have an excuse not to work out. The think that gets me out of bed is the vision board I put right above my nightstand with a crazy buff woman showing off her abs. Yup…at some point, that’s going to be me! 🙂
This is so true! I am trying to make a conscious effort to make time but it takes work. Priorities!