You don’t have to justify your lack of exercise to anyone but yourself and so it is pointless trying to make excuses. You can tell yourself that you simply don’t have enough time to exercise, but this won’t help you stay fit and healthy.
If you want to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and cancer, while boosting your immune system so that you are less likely to fall ill then, clearly, it is worth adjusting your schedule to make time for exercise. You may believe that you don’t have enough time to exercise, but if you looked hard enough you could probably find time somewhere to slot exercise into your schedule.
Maybe you work long hours and don’t fancy the prospect of coming home to quickly get changed and rush out to the gym, but you could always get your exercise out of the way early in the morning.
By getting up early to go for a run or swim you can get your heart pumping so that you feel as if you have lots more energy while giving yourself a chance to de-stress before starting work. You can enjoy breakfast even more knowing that you’ve just burned some extra calories and that you don’t have to worry about exercise again for the rest of the day.
Even if you’re not a morning person you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym in order to get a decent workout; you don’t even have to leave the house if you’d prefer. If you buy a fitness DVD you can follow it in your living room morning, noon or night, while if aerobics isn’t your thing you could buy some exercise equipment such as a bike or treadmill. If you have an exercise bike or treadmill you can get your workout done while watching television or listening to music, so that you combine the ‘hardship’ of exercise with something you actually enjoy.
When you don’t have much time it makes sense to use the time you have in the most efficient way. This could involve using your daily commute to work to get some exercise, for instance, so that you walk or cycle there instead of driving. It only takes small adjustments to your lifestyle to incorporate more exercise, though you still have to be prepared to make these changes in the first place – they won’t automatically happen by themselves.
Although lack of time might seem like a legitimate excuse for not doing enough exercise; it is only your health that suffers because you’d rather lay back and put your feet up than get your running shoes on.