You have probably heard the often quoted “a one hour workout is only 4% of your day” mantra. Well, it’s true! And it’s up to YOU to decide how you allocate those hours of your days. So, here’s a few reasons why you do actually have time to workout.
- How much television do you watch?
We’re sure you have heard this one a million times over, but with all the great technology out there like Netflix, Hulu, and DVRs; you really can watch your favorite shows on your own terms—and with fewer commercials!—which not only saves time overall, but also gives you the opportunity to schedule your day/evening the way you want. So, set aside a few hours on one day for those TV shows, and use that freed up hour or so on a different day to workout.
- You don’t have to do it all at once.
Just as frequent, smaller meals throughout the day have become more popular, so can shorter more frequent workouts. Break up a longer workout into shorter sessions throughout the day. A 20 minute run, 20 minutes weight lifting, and 20 minutes of stretching/yoga quickly adds up!
- Me time or family time, either can be workout time.
You absolutely deserve a little time for yourself once and awhile, so why not use that “me time” to work out. Maybe that’s time you spend with friends, take a class together. Need to spend more time with your family? Take the kids with you! Run, walk, bike, play basketball—all great ways to spend time with your loved ones while still breaking a sweat. This Friday, consider skipping movie night, and instead head to the club for a competitive family tennis game perhaps.
- Find an activity you love.
We find time for things we value or are passionate about. If you value your health and actually enjoy your workout, you’ll WANT to make time for it each day.
We already know you are doing it for everything else, why should exercise be any different? So, we gave you a hard time earlier about watching TV, well why not watch and workout at the same time? There’s plenty of easy exercises you can do at home while you catch your fav “can’t miss” show: pushups, planks, squats, tricep dips, lunges, not to mention the hundreds of exercises you can do if you happen to own free weights, exercise ball, or flex bands. Need to get in your cardio? Most cardio equipment at the club is equipped with its own personal television.
At Elite we often talk about how you aren’t just joining a health club, you are making a lifestyle change. And to make a true lifestyle change, you need to commit to it! That means MAKING the time to be healthy and exercise. When it comes down to it, it’s your choice. So, no more “I don’t have time” excuses!
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.