Not Enough Time
One of the most common complaints I hear from people who are struggling to stay on track with their fitness goals is, “I don’t have time.”
We all have time … it’s just a matter of how we spend it.
This goes back to two factors: 1) Time Management; and 2) Mindset.
Let’s tackle mindset first.
We are the only thing holding us back. I can talk myself in and out of anything. This holds true for most limiting beliefs. It’s pretty damn easy to justify not doing something we don’t want to do. And when we pursue something half-assed, it’s also easy to make excuses for why we didn’t succeed.
If you tell yourself at the outset that you don’t have enough time to exercise and eat better, then you’ve already established a limiting belief that will guide your actions (or inaction).
A better approach would be to reprogram your brain with a new decision. It’s always best to start small: “I believe that I have enough time to exercise 3 x per week. I can also pack leftovers as my lunch instead of ordering takeout with my co-workers.”
The second aspect is how we view time. If we never seem to have enough time to do the things we “have to do,” then maybe we should be doing fewer things.
It’s also how we view the time that’s required for exercise. At Breakthrough Fitness we block out an hour for a client to complete their semi-private training session. If the client can’t commit for an hour, we can accommodate and create 30-minute sessions. Workouts DO NOT need to be a specific length of time.
There will be days you get home late from work and can’t make it to the gym or do a full-blown home workout. Instead of nothing you could do a 10-minute training session of goblet squats and dumbbell presses, tracking how many sets you can get in during the 10 minutes.
Something I’ve done pretty well lately is meal-prep while the kids are taking showers. This gives me roughly 20-30 minutes in the evening to prepare for tomorrow night’s dinner. Yes, I want to sit my ass down on the couch and chill, but I made a commitment to eating healthy. So, when I get the opportunity to break meal-prep into smaller, more manageable tasks, I do it.
What’s the biggest obstacle standing in your way when it comes to making time for exercise and healthy eating? Shoot me a reply, I’d love to help you brainstorm some solutions.