Not Enough time to workout? Stop Making Excuses!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I have always heard excuses about why people don’t work's starting to get nauseating how often I hear “I just don’t have enough time.” It isn’t even like I ask for it…I'm not the type to make people feel guilty for not working out, or ask them why they don’t. (There are instances that this may not be true-people that I am extremely vested family, close friends, clients) but for the most part, I don’t ask. It’s NOT that I don’t care about all of you and that I DON”T care if you work out…I've just realized that it does NO GOOD to try to convince someone to work out. Same thing with losing weight….ultimately I can say whatever I want, but if YOU are not ready to make big changes in your life then I am wasting my breath. 

We can tell you until we are blue in the face how exercise and good nutrition can prevent many diseases, reduce stress and anxiety, help you sleep, increase energy, etc…but, people just refuse to realize how important it is. It usually takes that ONE MOMENT that it finally clicks (i.e someone asks you when you are “due”, you see a picture of yourself and wonder, “who is that person”, etc) when people decide they are ready to make a change. Until then, when YOU DECIDE TO MAKE A LIFESTYLE CHANGE, it is hard to help you.

However, I have realized that people have mistakenly mixed up “not being ready to make a lifestyle change” with “I don’t have enough time” I am guilty of it!! There have been times I have said, “I would love to train for a marathon, I just don’t have enough time” However, I know myself well enough, and I am able to not LIE TO MYSELF and realize what that really means is, I don’t want to MAKE THE TIME to train for that. People think that working out is something I love. I have to laugh when people say, “it’s easy for you because you like to run” EXCUSE ME?!?! I HATE to run…I dread it just like the rest of you. I will say, that the more I run, the more I like it and the less dreadful it gets, but I by NO means love to run!!! This is why “I didn’t have time to train for a marathon” See, what I really should have said was, “I would rather sleep then go running” I LOVE sleep. What I should have said is, “I don’t want to wake up at 5am to go running, I want to get up later”

I understand that people have busy schedules. I GET that there are people out there working 2 jobs, going to school, being a Mom, working crazy hours, etc. I will say there is a small percentage of people who really can’t find time to workout. However, the other 99% of you choose to NOT MAKE TIME! Again, I am not here to fault you, drag you , or yell at you to work out. Just PLEASE stop lying to yourself and saying you don’t have any time. All you need is 2 hours a week (minimum). You cannot tell me that you don’t have 2 hours a week! How many hours is the average person on Facebook? Watching TV? Out to dinner or having drinks?

I will never say it is okay to not work out. I cannot tell you how passionate I am about the benefits of working out and how important it is to be a part of your lifestyle. However, we are all pretty aware of these facts. There aren’t too many people who have not heard of all the benefits that come with a healthy/fit lifestyle. I wish that everyone could feel the difference between working out regularly and not. It would change a lot of peoples lives. Maybe they would start MAKING TIME for it. It’s time to make a change people….
You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
Charles Buxton
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
Edward Stanley
Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.
Charles Caleb Colton


  1. I agree!!! 1000% people HAVE to have that lightbulb moment for them to realize hey this is not ideal. I am ALWAYS speaking to people about the importance of nutiriton and working out daily just even walking but again I don't have time, I can't, or I just really wanna eat Pizza! Drives me nuts but at the same time I am totally with you. No more breath wasting! When they wanna get it done you will be the first one they come and look for I promise :D

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  3. This post is PERFECT! I love it and agree with it 110%! I was one of those "I don't have time" people...but not anymore! If you are determined to do something, whether it is working out or anything else in life, you will make time to do it! :)