We hear all kinds of excuses. Your average person works or studies 8 hours a day. We should also sleep for about 8 hours a day on average. That means we have another 8 hours for other things.
Skip the excuses. They only get in your way. There is no valid excuse for not taking care of your health. Anyone can find something suitable, otherwise we would never have the Para-Olympics. If people with special needs can find something suitable, others don’t really have any excuse.
Some say they don’t want to steal the time away from the kids after work. It must also be important for your children to have parents who take care of their health and are therefore good role models. You can also do your exercise before work. Most gyms open early in the morning and you can always exercise outdoors by walking, jogging or running. You don’t need a lot of time to improve your health. Half an hour is only 2% of the day and to begin with, just 1% can be enough – start exercising for half an hour a day or every other day and get your eating organized.
Fifteen minutes a day is better than nothing. Set realistic and doable goals. You don’t have to climb the whole mountain before lunch.
Many gyms and other exercise places offer classes during the lunch hour. You could start at 12 and be out with a smoothie to drink by 1pm. This gives you time for a 10 minute warm up, 20 minutes of exercises, 10 minutes of stretching and 10 minutes in the shower. Things do not need to be complicated or take a lot of time.
Use your weekends for outside exercises. Most places in the world offer a variety of options. Find something that suits you. It must be something you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy your exercises, your classes or whatever you are doing, it is hard to make it a part of your lifestyle.
Costs should also not be prohibitive. It won’t cost you a dime to do squats, lunges, push ups, planking with a row and mountain climbers at home.
If we spend an hour a day on exercise, that’s 4% of your day. Even better, if you exercise 3-4 times a week for an hour a day, it means that it on average about 2% of your day.
If you don’t have time for your health today, your health won’t have time for you tomorrow.
Do you have 2%?