You Want Me to Exercise? I Barely Have Time to Breathe!

You Want Me to Exercise? I Barely Have Time to Breathe!

You Want Me to Exercise? I Barely Have Time to Breathe!
You Want Me to Exercise? I Barely Have Time to Breathe!

 You Want Me to Exercise? I Barely Have Time to Breathe!

Time, time, time. This poor creature has been blamed for more things than anything else on earth. I don’t have time to exercise. I didn’t have time to study for that exam. I got no time for your drama, buddy. Time, or rather the lack of it has been used as an excuse for just about everything.

It’s surprising that no one says, “I don’t have time to not have time!”

But is it a valid excuse?

Most articles, personal trainers, life coaches will spout the overly used quote, “YOU MUST MAKE THE TIME!”

This article will tell you, that there may be cases where some people just do not have the time to exercise. If they do have the time, they don’t have the energy. If they have the energy, they might not have the right shoes.

Whatever the case, you may be in a situation where you are hard-pressed for time. You could be the mother of a newly born child who needs your full attention. Or you might be a career woman with demanding deadlines and you still need to juggle your duties as a wife.

We live in a fast paced world. Everybody is running the rat race to be the best rat. Time is a precious commodity that never seems to be enough. So what do you do?

You improvise. That’s what you do.

To put things in perspective, you must realize that there are 24 hours in a day. A one hour workout is 4 percent of your day. A 15 minute workout is one percent of your day. An eight minute workout is “half a percent” of your day!

But what can I achieve in 8 minutes? A lot!

Anybody no matter how busy, can squeeze in 8 minutes. 8 minutes is too much? How about 4 minutes? What?! 4 Minutes?

Yes. 4 minutes of Tabata protocol. You can Google it to find out more. The point here is that you can cause a metabolic boost to your body and put it in fat burning mode within 4 minutes and you will be in a fat burning state for hours. Will it be easy? No. But it will be effective.

If you do not have time for one hour long workouts, do quick bursts of 15 minutes or even less. The difference is that the shorter workouts will have to be more intense. However, it will be for a short while only.

There are also other methods to ensure that you burn more calories. Get yourself a pair of ankle weights and wear them throughout the day. You will burn more calories when you walk and move. If you’re a stay at home mom, get a haversack and add some weight in it. Throw in a telephone directory or 2 and wear the haversack.

The added weight will make everything more difficult and you will be burning more calories because of the added resistance.

Get yourself a Fitbit which will track the number of steps you take daily. Aim to increase the number of steps by 100 everyday. Climb the stairs instead of using the elevator. Walk to the supermarket if you can. If you’re the mother of a newborn, get an infant sling and place your baby in it. Then proceed for a 30 minute walk. Excellent exercise for you and the baby gets a breath of fresh air too.

You may not have enough time. Yet, with a bit of imagination, you can incorporate many little practices and changes in your life to burn more calories. Once you have that done, get a journal and record your hourly activities.

See where your time goes. “Oh look! I’m watching Sex and the City reruns daily!”… ah hah! A time waster right there. Cut it out and spend that 30 minutes exercising. It will do you more good than watching, Samantha, trying to get it on with all the guys in New York.

Do whatever you can with whatever time you have. Even if it’s only 4 minutes.


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