The Biggest Excuse: ‘I do not have enough time’

Written by Jennifer Stanhope, Sport Development Assistant

“Did you exercise today?”

“No, I didn’t have time?”

Most of us struggle with making time for ourselves and for exercise, from time to time. You feel like your email inbox is out of control and never seems to be finished, your boss has scheduled another 5pm meeting, your kids need to be fed, bathed and chauffeured around to their extra-curricular activities, or that you haven’t had time to catch up on your next episode of ‘Stranger Things’ / ‘The British Bake off’? This is where your plans of going out for a run, completing a spin class, or even your workout with Joe Wicks, eventually gets scrapped from your daily to-do list and is left for another day.

By all means, you're not selfish for wanting to look/feel better or even be wanting to clean up on your nutrition. However, I hate to tell you this… moving that body of yours, is the only way you’re going to get there. No matter how much you have on your plate, you need to make your health and mental wellbeing one of your top priorities.

The question you now need to ask yourself is; Do I want to work out?

It might mean you will have to; wake up a bit earlier, do a short workout during your lunch break, get off the bus earlier/park further away from work and walk the rest. You could even spend less time on that phone of yours, don’t tell me your hardly on your phone as it is proven the average screen time for people on their phone is; 3 hours 15 minutes, which you could have easily completed a 30-minute workout.

Typically, before you start setting aside time for yourself to work out, you think about your crazy evening ahead and all that you have in front of you, this is when you start to begin letting your dream of changing your body and health fade to the background of your kid's needs or work that is waiting for you to do. You feel like you'll never be able to make yourself a priority again until they move out. Not true, at all. You are a priority; you just have to learn how to make time again.

Did you know…

Researchers (J M Jakicic 1, R R Wing, B A Butler, R J Robertson) have proven that short bouts of exercise can be just as effective for weight loss and overall health then longer workouts? People also find it easier to stick with shorter workouts compared to long endurance styled workouts. These researchers compared two groups of exercisers, those who did short bouts of exercise (multiple 10-minute workouts) and those who did long-bout workouts (20 to 40 minutes of continuous exercise). Where they concluded the study what they found out about the short-bout exercisers:

  • They were able to stick to their workouts more consistently

  • They exercised more days a week than the long-bout group

  • They accumulated more exercise time each week than the long-bout group

‘’If you do not take control over your time and your life, other people will gobble it up. If you don’t prioritize yourself, you constantly start falling lower and lower on your lift”

- Michael Obama

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