Today, we’re going to attempt something tough: to get you excited about wanting to exercise regularly :O
But this article isn’t what you expect.
Most articles try to convince you by giving huge lists about the infinite benefits of exercise.
You can easily find lists of 10 to 100+ benefits of exercise in short bullet points, like:
- More energy
- Healthier skin
- Healthier heart
- Fend off disease
- And on and on…
But you already know the basic benefits, so why do only 20.3% of people meet the U.S. recommended minimums for exercise?
Today is the day we discuss a major barrier to health: not having enough time to exercise.
You might hear it all the time or even say it yourself; we’ve all been there.
It is one of the biggest reasons people cite for not being able to exercise, and therefore never reaching their maximum health potential.
My goal in this article is to go over a few simple, but key factors that can help you get to the bottom of this issue and master your time.
If you constantly find yourself saying that you don’t have enough time to exercise: you owe it to yourself to read this article.
When starting a new workout plan, things usually begin great and in high spirits, but then fall off and become tedious over time.
You start skipping days and dreading the next workout.
Soon you might find yourself abandoning your plan and opting instead for your previous routine: not exercising.
But, you know that if you can stick to your plan, all the hard work and effort will go directly into achieving your goals.
You will start feeling more alive, energetic, healthy, happy, and plain old good.
Even with such amazing, life-changing benefits, exercising can still feel like pulling teeth.
Today is your day to stop pulling teeth.
After a long day of work and dealing with constant stress, why do we end up going to a drive through to get burgers for dinner instead of going home to eat a well-deserved healthy meal?
The burger might make you feel horrible the next day, or even upset your stomach the same day, whereas the healthy meal will refuel your body and make you feel awesome.
Even the time it takes to get to the drive through, order, wait in line, then finally drive back home to eat can delay eating more than just going straight home, preparing food, and eating.
It can also be more expensive than eating healthy.
If so, then why do we instinctively go for the burger?
Because convenience is king.
If food isn’t ready to eat, with minimal effort, when hunger strikes, most people opt for buying ready-made food, no matter the quality.
If that sounds like you, don’t sweat it, it can happen to anyone.
But good news for you: it’s not your fault.
The majority of the time someone shares their health related New Year’s Resolution, or any other plan for a lifestyle change, with me, it involves a few of these:
- Exercise between 3 to 5 days per week
- Complete at least 3 workouts of resistance (weight) training and 2 of cardio per week
- Wake up early to exercise before work or exercise after work
- Cook all meals at home and pack meals for work
- No more eating out(…ever)
- Throw away all unhealthy food at home
It can even get pretty thorough with a set exercise routine like a 3 day split, predetermined cardio (run 2 miles, bike 4 miles), fixed calories and grams of macronutrients per day (X grams of fat, Y grams of protein, Z grams of carbohydrates), etc.
Sometimes, the plan is extremely detailed and thought out that it can scientifically get them to where they want to go.
So, kudos for having an awesome plan!
Unfortunately, you might have already tried something similar to the above plan, with no success.
You might have heard of binge or yo-yo dieting, gaining back the weight you lost and then some, or even following a 30-day challenge only to revert back to your previous lifestyle on day 31.
Having a great plan isn’t the problem, but it isn’t the solution either.
Aiming for perfection from day 1 dooms around 90% of people within a short period of time.