You hear it every day: “I don’t have time to go to the gym,” or “I don’t like working out in front of people.” The excuses fly left and right for why no one can squeeze fitness into their extremely busy schedules. Life is crazy, it is hectic, but somehow we all find the time to do the things that we want. Why then, is that same effort not put into one’s health and well-being? Why isn’t time made for a quick 20-30 minute workout? Simply said, it’s because it often isn’t a priority and to make matters worse, it actually can HURT to workout and that soreness can last for days. Who wants to deal with all that nonsense? Working out is hard work, it takes time, commitment and dedication. But it can be done and it doesn’t have to take hours on end with fancy workout equipment or a fancy gym. You can accomplish all that you need from the comforts of your own home if you’d like. The one thing you have to do, though, is commit to making the time for your fitness goals.
If losing weight is your goal, or toning up certain areas of your body, or improving your overall health, then like everything in life you have to sacrifice time from something else in your day in order to MAKE time for your workout. Instead of surfing the Internet, scrolling through Facebook, commenting on Instagram, use those thirty minutes to get your sweat on. You don’t even have to leave your house. Your own body weight can serve as resistance. Try doing squats for 20 minutes straight to get an intense lower body workout (you can even do it while watching your favorite sitcom), or do walking lunges up and down your hallway for a good 10-15 minutes to create a burn in your legs. Do four sets of 10 pushups (on your knees if need be) to work your upper body, arms and back. Grab the heaviest jar of food you have in the pantry and do arm curls, 4 sets of 15 and then reverse the movement and do tricep kick backs. For your abs, try some simple crunches while listening to your favorite music. Change up your routine by employing leg raises, bicycle crunches, and full sit ups. Now you’ve done 20-30 minutes of an overall body workout in the comforts of your own home.
If you prefer to go to the gym, plan for it in your daily schedule. IF you work AND have kids, try to squeeze it in the morning. Yes, that means less sleep but then when the day is done and you just want to go home, you will have already worked out and not skipped your session for the day. Try a quick warm up jog to wake you up then hit either the free weights or the machines. Depending on how often you will get to the gym that week, either do a full body workout (a few reps per each major muscle group) or concentrate on your trouble areas – arms, legs, abs, etc. Be wise with your time and try not to waste it by lackadaisically meandering from machine to machine. Have a plan in mind and stick to it. Blast your music to help keep you grooving. By the end of the workout you’ll have enough fuel to survive the rest of the day and you’ve treated yourself to a half hour of alone time while improving your health at the same time. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Being fit doesn’t come easily or naturally to anyone. Those individuals you see that are in great shape didn’t wake up looking like that. They put in the necessary time and energy required to maintain their physique. Is is NOT that they are any different then you and I in the gene pool (yes genetics can help but it is NOT the only thing), it is their stoic determination to craft their body, to work hard at building their shape, to constantly work at their progress. And they eat that way, too. They’ll skip that glass of wine or that piece of cheesecake because of their goals. Now, they’ll also enjoy the occasional cheat meal and have some fun on the weekends, but it is more of a TREAT then the norm. If you want to have the body or healthy lifestyle you dream of then you have to be willing to give up some things in this pursuit. Moderation is key and you will have to learn how to employ it in your life. You will also need support from your family and friends in this journey. It is a tough road at times, and even a lonely road, but in the end you will be a happier and healthier version of yourself. And when you want to give up, when you want to quit, when it all seems to difficult to do, remember why you started in the first place. Take a moment to yourself and think about all the good things you are doing not only for yourself but also for those that you love. When you are in a healthy place, a happy place, you exude those emotions in all that you do…and others will notice. Take some time for you…you won’t regret it.