How I Fit My Workout Schedule in My Busy Life
I’ve noticed that when the topic of working out consistently comes up, I often hear, “I don’t have enough time to work out every day” or “I’m so exhausted when I get home from work, all I can do is watch TV.” I honestly used to feel the same way & I thought anyone that works out every day is waaaaaaay too into themselves. The only people that go to the gym all the time are meatheads that want to look in the mirror all day & housewives with nothing better to do.
One day I realized that looking down on people who are bettering themselves doesn’t shrink my waistline & jealousy is an ugly look on me. The gym is a tool to get the physical activity that desk jobs and TV shows deprive us of. We eat like we’re about to head into hibernation every single day & sit on our butts while doing it, just to wonder why our butts don’t look right in skinny jeans. I got tired of trying to wish my way into the body I want & made the conscious decision to end that phase of my life. Starting today, I’m proactive. Starting today, I’m moving forward. Never again will I see this person in the mirror.
The conscious decision is the first step and the only way, in my opinion, to make space for fitness in your life. You have to want it more than you want a break, more than you want to binge-watch Stranger Things, more than you want to find the bottom of a new bag of chips.
Once you hit that point in your life, don’t let anything hold you back. You have so much more control over yourself and your body than you realize. It’s one of the most empowering experiences to see your body change in a positive way and know your hard work is the only thing that made it happen.
It’s really important to me that I don’t just “lose weight” but I build muscle, strength, & endurance. I want to be the best version of myself that I can, & I’ve found that a healthy diet & training is the only path that will get me all of those things. Making the decision to change your habits and then following through with that decision changes the way your mind processes information. You’ll come to the realization that you’re no longer a slave to whatever was holding you down & you can change anything you want at any time you want.
All that being said, I now manage to fit an hour-long workout into my day 6-7 days a week, every week. Since I’m a very task-oriented person, I make this happen by planning and having something to check off. There are a million ways to exercise, but the path I chose for now is 80 Day Obsession. This makes it easy to figure out what to plan because the plan is laid out for me. I made my own calendar to include these workouts, gave myself weekly goals, and rewards along the way for when I meet those goals. Even if you’re not a list/calendar type of person, find what motivates you and use it to get to where you want to be. Just note, it’s important that food is not your main motivator & you cease rewarding yourself for healthy choices/ achievements with unhealthy food. Doing so will more than likely head you down the road toward binges & relapses which are not worth the 5 minutes of happiness you get from it.
In any event, if you get anything out of this little ditty I wrote up, just understand that you have more power over your life than you think. Even if your aspirations aren’t fitness related, get up, get out there, and make that shit happen! I believe in you. X