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Posted by Barry on May 6, 2012

Busy Busy

I hear it all the time.

  • I don’t have time to work out.
  • My schedule is too packed to get in a workout.
  • I’ll start working out when I get back home from travel.
  • Once my kids stop playing sports I’ll have time to work out.
  • My job makes it impossible for me to have the time.

You get the idea as I’m sure you have your own excuse for not working out.  I use to have a bunch of them myself, but it has been over two years now since I made the decision to make my health a priority in my life and I am in the best shape of my life!

Right now I have three projects that I am working on and all are have deadlines at the same time and I am also studying for a Microsoft certification that I need to work my site from new government requirements we have received.   I am traveling so much that I have been away more in the last three months then I have been home by a long shot.  I work almost every day and long hours just keep everything running and to make sure I meet all my obligations. Do not get me wrong I love being busy and am grateful for all the work, but I am not going to let it stop me from making time to take care of my health.

It is all about priorities.  I make sure I pick a time everyday that I am going to work out.  Sometimes it is early in the morning before I get started with work.  Sometimes it is a break in the late afternoon before I go back and work until I go to sleep and sometimes it is the last thing I do that day before I sleep.  I have decided that working out and my health is too important to just “let it slide”.  You would not go out of the house in the morning without brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or fixing your hair (well some of you might, but I never would) so why is working out and taking care of your health so low on the priority list?

I’m willing to bet that most people watch TV at least an hour a day.  Don’t get me wrong I love watching TV and movies, but I can tell you this the amount of time I spend on it now is about 15% of what I did when I was overweight and unhealthy.  If you can spend that much time on the couch then why don’t you take one of those hours and work out?  I know;

  • It is hard and I am tired.
  • I worked hard today so I deserve some downtime.
  • This is how I spend family time.
  • I just don’t have the energy.

Sound familiar.  I use to use all those excuses and more (I’m sure you all have special ones of your own).  What I decided is that my health, my wife, and my kids are much more important than a few hours on the couch.

Start small; just take a walk after dinner instead of sitting on the couch.  Just fine something to do that replaces your normal evening routine and you will be amazed at how much you can change and how much easier it gets as you stick with it.

BEING BUSY IS NOT A GOOD ENOUGH EXCUSE SO STOP USING IT!  

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Jed
Jed

Amen brother! Sounds like you have got a plateful of busyness and you're still rocking' it! As a frequent traveler and recent father, my schedule is pretty booked. I also wrote a blog about it to try and convince my "too busy" friends it's possible (http://fitnessfortravel.com/motivation-the-curse-word-of-fitness/). Keep it up fellow TNL Coach!

Barry
Barry

Thanks and great to know that I am not alone in hearing all the "too busy" excuses!