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Why Aren’t You Making Time for Fitness?


Annalise Simsek, CSCS, FMS-1, HRV-Pro, PN-1, Coach at FIT

We talked recently about goals and how to set them so that they are truly achievable. But, for some reason, you still aren’t making progress and getting the results you had expected.

You’re committed, right? You drew your line in the sand and said you wanted to get fit. So, why isn’t it happening?

Let’s first look at your priorities. What are they? What do you put at the forefront each day that you ensure gets done no matter what? Eating, sleeping, getting to work on time, taking care of the kids, cleaning the house, walking the dog, watching your favorite TV show, the list is endless of the things that you need to get done each day. By the time you get through it, you probably are lacking any energy or time to get after your own fitness.

But you said you wanted to get fit and strong and you even set out some pretty solid goals to achieve.

Herein lies the conundrum in today’s ever growing hectic world. You want it, you want it bad, but you can’t seem to find the time to actually commit to your own fitness.

What’s a grown adult in this day and age to do?

Set your priorities!

That’s right. Your priorities might just be screwed up. You can carry on wishing and hoping and wanting forever, but if you don’t set your own fitness as a top priority in your life, it ain’t gonna happen.

Sit down, right now, have that difficult talk with yourself and decide IS your own fitness and health a top priority in your life.

We’ll assume you decided it is. Now what are you going to do about it?

It’s that time thing again, right? You just don’t have enough hours in the day to get it all done. You have to give up something somewhere, and dammit, fitness loses every time.

It doesn’t have to, though. What you need is to discover your time wasters and make conscious decisions about how you can spend your time more wisely.

Get ready to do the Time Log (er, yes we know, bad cult film reference!).

Ok, this can be a tedious exercise, we’re not going to sugar coat it. However, if you can take the time to log everything you do over the course of a few days, you will be rewarded with priceless insight about yourself, your habits and the time sinks you may not even realize you have (can you say Facebook!).

Get yourself a notebook, or set up a spreadsheet and get busy logging. It might start out something like this:

6:00-6:15         Alarm goes off, lie about in bed struggling to get up

6:15                 Snooze goes off, reach for phone

6:15-7:15         Check emails, look at FB, weather, news, check FB one last time

7:15-7:45         Breakfast, shower, pack lunch and race out the door late for work

7:45-8:15         Commute to work, arrive 15 minutes late

8:15-9:30         Sit at desk, sort through emails and respond

9:30-9:35         Hunt down some coffee

9:35-10.15       Start draft of a report for your boss

10.15-10.30     Take a much-deserved break

And so on throughout the rest of the day. The trick here is to be ruthless with your recording and include everything. That 3 minutes you just took to check your phone? That counts! Write it down. Just chatted at the water cooler for 20 minutes instead of finishing a report? That counts, too. The point of the exercise is to learn more about your habits and find ways to become more efficient.

Why? So you can find the time to get after your fitness – you know, that priority you just set.

Convinced you won’t find any time sinks in your daily routine? Do the Time Log anyway. You may just surprise yourself when you realize you are spending 3 hours each night after dinner watching TV and feeding your FB addiction. Or that, if you just woke up half an hour earlier 3 days a week, you could make it to the gym before work.

The possibilities are endless. Now get logging and prioritize your fitness!