Want to know the number one excuse I’m given as a coach to not having time to workout? It’s not money. It’s time. Mamas feel like finding time to workout is an impossible feat.
Let me tell you a story.
Other than my awesome dad, I have a fantastic older brother/father male influence in my life (he’s not old enough to be my dad, but he’s just out of reach of what an older brother would be) anyway!
He said to me one time, “You do what you want to do and everything else is just an excuse.”
To which I thought, ouch. Wow, rude.
But, when I got over my initial reaction of my feathers being all ruffled, I realized how right he was!
What he is trying to say is that we have the choice in regards to what we make a priority in our life.
It is our life and we have that choice of what is made a priority.
Which is great news!
But at the same time, it is a little overwhelming, isn’t it?
How do we take that to-do list, plus the crazy full calendar and break it down?
Or how in the world can we get a solid workout in when it takes an hour at the gym?
We’ll address the calendar issue at the end of this post, but let’s talk about that gym point for the bulk of this post.
What if I told you that you could get a solid workout in, in 30 minutes or less? Sounds like a bad commercial, doesn’t it?
Well, it’s not. I’m trying to help you. So let’s dive in to getting that solid workout in when you feel like you have no time.
Finding Time to Workout Tip #1 – Grab a plan from a professional, or plan the workout before you get there
My number one suggestion for finding time to workout would be to grab a plan from a professional. The guess work is taken out of it for you and you can simply show up to the gym and get it done.
If you want to do it yourself, then plan it out yourself, and I don’t mean go to Pinterest and print off an infographic. I mean you plan out the exercises that you want to do ahead of time.
Having this plan in place will help you walk into the gym, do your workout, and leave. That simple.
You’re not getting to the gym and looking around going, “hmm, that machine looks good, lets do that” or “Let me scroll through Instagram for ideas for workouts”.
Nope, plan it out ahead of time, mama.
Better yet? Let a professional do it for you (wouldn’t you know it that I have instant downloads in my store here?) and make the workouts 30 minutes or less, which leads me into my second point.
Finding Time to Workout Tip #2 – Make the workouts 30 minutes or less
Yes, it is possible to have a killer workout in 30 minutes. Do you know that my face to face clients have 30 minute blocks of time with me?
I work them out for 30 minutes of time and they are on their way. Some come in a few minutes before that and will row for a few minutes or get on the elliptical and then we meet up and I work them out.
Yes, you can get your heart rate up and lift those weights and be done in 30 minutes, 45 minutes max.
Finding Time to Workout Tip #3 – Make it a priority
My last, but honestly, probably the most important point is to make it a priority in your schedule.
To which you might say to me, well, it is a priority, but my calendar simply has NO holes.
Well, the reason your calendar has no holes is because you have such and awesome and giving heart and you say yes to too many people because you want to help them.
Which, I commend you for your generous heart.
But, if reaching your fitness goals is truly a priority, then you will learn to start saying no.
Believe me, telling people no is going to start to open up a lot of doors. You don’t have to be rude when you say no, just simply say, no, I’m sorry, I can’t do that.
Which is not a lie. You can’t do it because you have other priorities.
One of my favorite financial gurus is Dave Ramsey, and he has said, you can know all the things about finances, but where your results will come from is from action.
You can make all the plans in the world and know all the things there is to know about health and fitness, but if in the end you only know them and you don’t actually put them into practice and take those action steps, then how far are you actually going to get?
I know that you have such an awesome heart and you’re so generous. This is why you say yes to so many things to the point of your calendar feeling overwhelmed.
Now is the time to take charge of that calendar, your schedule, and in turn, your life.
If we’re only living by a checklist on our calendar, are we really even living?
If we don’t leave room for error or spontaneity, then are we truly living our best lives?
Sometimes my clients or people will ask me, “what have you got planned for the weekend?” and sometimes I’ll have things to tell them and other times I’ve not got anything specific planned.
And, a lot of times I’ll get suggestions for things to do. To which, I’ll thank them, and let them know that I’m perfectly fine with not having anything to do over the weekend.
In fact, I created it that way.
There is purposeful down time in my calendar to spend with my family and there is purposeful work time where I will go to my office and zone out for a few hours and work hard.
Finding that balance that works for you to reach your goals is exactly where you want to be.
Someone once said that balance is an unachievable goal, so we should just stop trying.
To which I call horse manure on that.
Without balance, we’re just in a constant state of stress which is absolutely no way to live.
Will you figure it out right away?
No, you won’t, but remember what I said about this being a journey? Yep. It’s a long and fun journey, so enjoy the ride and the mistakes along the way.
A lot of times we will look back on our mistakes and be glad for them, because they taught us more than constant success ever could.
Hang in there, mama. You’ve got this.