When you have a busy lifestyle, it is very easy to use the “I just don’t have time to exercise” excuse. That excuse may seem like a valid one to those who have a busy schedules but it is an excuse nonetheless!
Fooling yourself into believing that you don’t have time means that you aren’t making the time or that you are unaware that getting results doesn’t require long sessions of training. Obviously, the activities in which you choose all require certain time commitments but for the most part, if your goal is to simply get and stay fit, you don’t have to block out hours per week to craft a healthy lifestyle.
When your overall health becomes part of your main set of priorities, there is always time to exercise. Don’t ignore physical activity because there will most certainly come a point when your doctor will give you the ultimatum to do so. I have trained countless people who were under doctor’s orders to get their lifestyle turned around, don’t be that person! You don’t have to follow the latest trend that will be sure to die out, you don’t need to join a fitness group or see where you stack up against other people…first, build a foundation that at least gets you to the point to where you are consistently exercising.
A simple technique you can use is the Three and Two Technique. This is where you map out 7 day periods and perform 3 days of cardiovascular exercise and 2 days of strength training. You have any number of ways of doing so depending on your schedule. Some people pick 2 days out of 7 where they perform 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of strength training in one session and the other day is just 20-40 minutes of cardio. Others will do 20-30 minutes of cardio Monday, Wednesday and Friday and lift on Tuesday and Thursday. The flexibility is there, so all you have to do is get your Three and Two format completed each week! The key is to stay focused and to not miss your scheduled training sessions. If you have to cut workouts short because of other commitments, no problem because some exercise is better than none but don’t skip them!
This basic structure gives you a foundation to start from and as you progress, you will be surprised at how fast your body will adjust and perform. Start simple, stay consistent and don’t worry about what “everybody else” is doing…focus on you. Once your structure is created, you will have a world of opportunities to explore with regard to physical activity, sport and fitness. However, first things first…build your foundation!