Excuse: I Don’t Have Time For Exercise

Over the next few posts, I’m going to discuss different excuses that people give me on a regular basis as to why they don’t exercise. Here’s #1:

I Don’t Have Time

I hear this excuse several times a day from my patients. These are people that came to me to learn how to improve the pain they are having from an injury. I give them the exercises they need to do to succeed and then they tell me that they haven’t done them because they don’t have time. It makes me wonder if they are really invested in improving their situation at all.

Now, I understand that with work, kids, all the extracurricular activities and things that need to get done in a day that it is difficult to fit in time for exercise. I say, make some time for you. If you fall apart, you’re not going to be able to take care of the people that need you.

Exercise is important for many different health issues including heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. It is also great for stress relief. If you are so busy that you can’t find time for just a little bit of exercise, I’m sure you’re also very stressed out all the time. So, I challenge you to find some time in your day that you might be doing something that is really not that important and replace it with exercise.

Also, do things like taking the stairs instead of an elevator when you can and park the car at the farthest point in the store parking lot and add more steps to your day. When you sit down to watch TV at night like many people do, use the commercials as exercise time. Every commercial pick a new exercise and do that through the commercial. There are probably six or seven commercial breaks in an hours worth of TV. You could get a lot of exercises done in that amount of time. If you work, go for a 15 minute walk during your lunch break. Most people get 30-60 minutes for lunch. It doesn’t take that long to eat and if you spend the rest of the time talking with your colleagues, take them on the walk with you. It will be good for them too. If you don’t’ work go for a 15 minute or longer walk on your lunch break! I know you’ve heard this stuff before, but how many people actually do it? Now is the time for action!

Make a schedule for yourself. I tell people this all the time when they tell me they don’t have time to do my exercise program. Everyone has a smart phone these days. I tell them to put their exercise time slot into their calendar. That way it is scheduled in. Make sure you pick a time that is actually doable for you. Then all you have to do is make sure you follow the schedule. We are so used to having a schedule and going from one thing to the next that sometimes we actually need to schedule in the time we need for ourselves.

Don’t set yourself up for failure. If there are a couple days in your week that it is just so busy that exercise is out of the question, don’t schedule it for those days. It’s OK to take a couple days off every week. Just make sure you get it done on the days that are not as hectic.

If you implement just a few of these things, not only will you feel better about yourself, but you’ll be stronger and have more energy. Then all the things you have to do in a day will just seem easier. So, no more “I don’t have time for exercise” excuses. Make time for yourself and it will pay off in the long run! Now go find some time in your day for exercise.

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