I Just Don’t Have the Time!

This is something I hear all the time and I totally get it. We ARE busy. We’re living in a fast-paced world where everyone expects everything yesterday.

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You might be working from home, typing an email with one hand, putting the washing on. Or dealing with Amazon at the door with your phone to one ear and grabbing your keys to pick up the kids. Then you remember there’s nothing out for dinner yet. Add it to the ever-growing list!

Here’s the thing though… If we don’t make time to prioritise ourselves, we break down. How can we expect to show up as our best selves at work and home if we don’t take time to look after ourselves? Consider this. If you keep telling yourself that you don’t have time to exercise, you’ll need to make time for illness in later life. It’s the harsh reality and you need to act before it’s too late.

But I’m sooo busy! You might be, yes, but you could keep working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and still have things to do. You need to carve out the time and rearrange your schedule for some “you” time.

3 top tips for fitting fitness into your busy lifestyle:

  1. Write it down in your diary (or on your phone). Make that appointment with yourself (like you would the dentist or doctor), then show up.
  2. Do it first thing. Then it’s done! You don’t have to negotiate with yourself, you’ve already done it. (If you don’t like working out at this time, what about your lunch break? Or whilst you’re making dinner? Or when the kids are in bed).
  3. Online training. Be time-efficient and work out online – there are so many options these days, whether it be a live coach on Zoom or on-demand classes. There is no need to drive anywhere too!

Try to implement these three tips to make exercise part of your weekly routine and something you just do. The truth is, if you don’t make time for your health, you’ll have to make time for illness (and exercise will take a lot less time out of your life than disease). If you struggle to find the time, take a look at these time management strategies for guidance. Apply these with regular exercise and you will start to see positive results in your working and social life.

Guest Post by: Lorna Marie, Lorna Marie Fitness

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