Have you ever said this to yourself? Have you looked at others and wondered how they fit it into their schedule? Want the secret? Here is it: They make it a priority. This statement used to upset me; I wasn't able to wrap my head around HOW they made it a priority. So let me provide you with more insight (or as I like to call them secrets).
When you say "I don't have time to exercise" what are you really saying? For me, it was "I don't know where to start" and "I feel guilty for putting any money or time into myself as opposed to my family". Really, I was scared that if I tried and it didn't work, meaning I didn't lose weight, that I would feel like a failure. It took me 3 years before I realized that the words "I don't have time" was an excuse and that anything I had on my plate was all brought on by myself.
Let me repeat that: Everything that you have on your plate has been brought on by you.
Here is the best part; you can change it!
It wasn't until I decided to make my health a priority that I was able to get healthy. Pretty simple! How did I do this? I scheduled in my workouts, even if it meant taking away some time from my kids activities to do so. Yes, I cut back on some activities so that I could put some time into myself. Guess what? It was the best thing I ever did for this family!
Incorporating activity into your busy schedule does not have to be difficult. Many people feel overwhelmed by the prospect of engaging in an “exercise routine” and get discouraged before they start. First, you have to set a goal and find the time when you are going to do your activity and stick to it. Start SIMPLE, for example, set a goal of going for a 20 minute walk every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. and do it. Try it for 3 weeks and then see if there are other times you can add the activity or if there are other activities you would like to try.
Don’t forget, the workout can be SIMPLE as well; going for a 1.5 km walk, then after the walk, doing 1 minute of squats, push-ups and a plank (each) is a simple workout that you can feel good about!
When I first started my weight loss journey I set a goal of going for a 30 minute walk on a treadmill five times a week for 2 weeks. That's it, I gave myself 2 weeks. Guess what? I reached that goal and then I planned the next 2 weeks and felt more comfortable incorporating other activities in my routine. It was more about setting the goal and sticking to it, rather than the activity itself. To this day, I plan my weeks and keep it SIMPLE and that`s how I make it work!