The two biggest excuses people give for letting their fitness slip:
I have been so busy.
I don’t have time.
It has always boggled my mind that people accept their alleged lack of time or busy schedule as a legitimate reason to let their health and fitness take a turn for the worst.
That being said, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt for a moment!
Let’s assume you’re really truly SO busy that you can’t find 4 hours each week for your physical fitness. I bet you can save time—likely multiple hours each week—in many other places in your life that you can then reallocate directly to fitness.
If you employed any of the following time-saving tactics, do you still think you’d be too busy for fitness?
• Batch Cook
Food prep inevitably takes up a lot of time—especially if you’re trying to eat healthy meals. If you have a family and you cook most nights, it makes sense that after work your mind is on what you’re going to make for dinner instead of on heading to the gym.
Solution: Batch cook 3 or 4 nights of meals in one day (or evening). This doesn’t mean you have to have the same dinner 4 nights in a row. If you’re dealing with something like ground beef, put together some meatballs, some burgers and some stuffed red peppers all in one go. Or make tons of burger patties and freeze some for later. Whatever you do, prioritize making enough food for at least 3 meals each time you cook. It will free up hours of time each week.
• Order Groceries Online
Grocery shopping isn’t that much fun, especially if you find yourself at the store during the busy evening hours, bumping into shopping carts and waiting in obnoxious line-ups as you cope with uninspired cashiers who lack any kind of detectable sense of urgency.
Ordering the bulk of your groceries online is so SIMPLE, FAST and EASY, you’ll never go back to those line-ups. Most online grocery services only require 24 hours notice, and if you spend a certain amount of money, there’s usually no delivery fee.
• Order Pre-Made Meals
Similar to the above, there are tons of options these days for healthy pre-made meal services. Granted they’re not the most economical, but if you have the money, why not? If you currently go out for lunch most days, it won’t be any more expensive than that. And likely a lot healthier.
• Work instead of twiddling your thumbs as you wait
Modern technology means more and more people have at least some part of their job that’s portable. And most people also have moments of their day where they find themselves waiting for something or someone.
For example, meeting a friend for drinks and she texts you telling you she’s running 15 minutes late? Pull out your phone and answer emails instead of scrolling through Facebook.
Waiting for your dentist or physiotherapist who’s running 20 minutes late? Log 20 minutes of work instead of sitting there feeling bitter that you’re wasting time waiting.
You’d be surprised how many little tasks—work tasks, online banking tasks etc etc..—you can take care of if you devote your usually-wasted waiting time each week to being a little more productive. And you’ll find yourself less annoyed at whoever you’re waiting for.
• Hire a cleaner
I had to clean my house is another common excuse people give for why they ran out of time to make it to the gym.
Solution: Hire a cleaner, even if it’s just for 2 to 3 hours once a week. Many people don’t look into it because it seems like just another cost. But the cost of a cleaner is usually only between $15 and $20. A relatively small price to pay if it buys you all the time you need to take care of your physical fitness requirements.
It doesn’t have to be a cleaner. Contract out jobs you’re slow at, or things you just dislike doing. It’ll not only free up time, but it’ll help decrease your stress, too.
I know, I know, I probably sound like a patronizing parent when I say this, but I’m going to say it anyway: Your ‘I don’t have enough time’ line is but an excuse. There are always places in your life where you can make changes to save time that you can then devote to one of the most important things in the world: YOUR HEALTH.