One of the main reasons why people say they are unable to exercise on a regular basis is because there is no time. Have you heard this excuse before or maybe even found yourself using these very words in the past? Instead of giving up and just saying you have no time to exercise, let’s look at what can be done to change this around so that you can workout on a regular basis.
Even though exercise is only responsible for about 30% of weight loss success, it still plays a vital role in the overall commitment to your health. Simply put, when a person exercises regularly they are much more inclined to eat in a healthier manner which means a win-win situation. When both exercise and nutrition are regulated, excess weight rapidly falls off.
For example, after a person runs 5 miles they are more likely to eat something nutritious later so they won’t want to nullify that great workout by eating something heavy in fattening calories. This is one reason why making time to exercise is very important since it will help you stick with healthy nutrition which is responsible for the other 70% of weight loss success.
Therefore instead of giving up and simply stating “I have no time to exercise”, let’s figure out what can be done to fix this issue so you can workout regularly.
It’s Crucial You MAKE Time To Exercise On A Regular Basis
One important point to keep in mind, don’t think as though you must devote an entire hour or two at one time in order to workout. Sure a prolonged workout is ideal and will burn off more calories in the long run, when starting out, don’t focus on that. It’s important to first get used to just ensuring you workout regularly. The amount of time and type of activity can always be changed later on.
Thinking of exercise as though it MUST be an hour or two in length is why many people give up and feel as though dedicating this amount of time is just too much to commit to on a regular basis.
Instead of looking at exercise in manner, try to find ‘mini-blocks’ of time where you can workout for only 15 or 20 minutes. This can truly help when you’re starting out getting used to this new healthy routine.
You can possibly workout 15 minutes in the morning before getting ready for work, then another 15-20 minutes before going to bed. You can also use a portion of your lunch break to speed walk or climb the stairs for another 15-20 minutes. Combine all those times together and you’ll likely have 45 minutes-1 hour worth of exercise accumulated but at the same time not feel as though you “lost” much of the day.
Just be sure you don’t rush into this and potentially injure yourself by attempting to go full-steam ahead when just starting out. Take the slow yet consistent approach and soon you will see a great new healthy habit emerge.
Since everyone is at their own personal fitness level, you’re the one who needs to decide what will be best for you. If you haven’t exercised in a long time and are extremely overweight, then you may need to just start with walking for short periods at a time.
Still use the mini-blocks of workout times to walk 15-20 minutes before work, during, and afterwards. If you want to change it up a bit, you can always do semi-stationary exercises to help build leg, core, and upper body strength too.
Exercises such as squats, lunges, situps, planks, pushups, and burpees all help build muscle strength which will help out immensely when you take your cardio workouts to the next level. Plus, it’s much more enjoyable to change-up the routine so your workouts do not become monotonous and boring.
When you approach your exercise commitment with the mini-blocks mentality, you will find yourself sticking with this healthy habit much more regularly. Give it a try next week starting on Monday and see how well it works for you and you may not have to worry about making time to exercise any longer.
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