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Two Biggest Reasons I Hear

Last week we touched on too much exercise. This week we’re visiting the opposite extreme, not enough or no exercise. Over the last 22 years I think I’ve heard every reason for not exercising from “I don’t have time,” to “I don't like exercise.” The biggest reason clients give me is that they just can’t fit it into their lives.

I know life is busy and it seems even more busy now than even a few years ago. But if we don’t make the time to take care of ourselves today, what amount of time will we spend in doctors offices, hospitals or bedridden later? Sorry if I sound like a downer or if I’m hitting a sore spot. I just want you to live your best life, to feel healthy, strong, pain and disease free for as long as possible.

First, let’s address the first most common reason “I don’t have time.” I understand completely, hours and days fly by. But if we want to make changes to the health and shape of our body, we need to get past this excuse. When you’re thinking about lack of time, ask yourself a few questions.

  1. How can I incorporate more movement into my day? Example: Can I walk or ride my bike to work, the train or the store? Can I park farther away from entrances to buildings? Can I get up 10 minutes early to do some squats and pushups? Can I just go for a walk after dinner? All of these things add up. Consistency is the key.

  2. Have you ever done a time audit on your average day? Recording everything you spend time on including watching TV, scrolling the internet or chatting on the phone? How many minutes get used up doing these types of activities? Instead of chatting on the phone, ask your friend to walk with you and get two things done at once.

Read my blog post How to Find An Extra Hour in Everyday here.