No time to exercise? I bet you do, but you don’t want to make the effort.

October 16, 2014 by Joshua
in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Habits

I get it. Exercise is hard. At least useful exercise is. I wrote about it in yesterday’s post, “Defining moments.” I know the feeling before starting exercising. You don’t want to.

But rarely do people tell me they don’t exercise because it’s hard. Far more often people tell me they don’t have time to exercise.

If you want to exercise and you think you’re not doing it because you don’t have time, you’ll have a hard time overcoming the problem. You’ll work on irrelevant goals. Nearly everyone can spare ten minutes a day. You can exercise during commercials while watching TV. A few minutes of burpees will do it.

If you aren’t exercising because you haven’t yet figured out how to overcome your internal resistance, at least be honest with yourself that time isn’t holding you back. Saying you’re busy makes you sound important and saying you don’t want to try enough makes you sound lazy, which is hard to admit to yourself, but awareness instead of denial is nearly always the most effective first step in changing things about yourself you want to change, like developing a new habit. Then you can overcome the relevant obstacle. You need motivation or a way to decrease the obstacle, not more time.


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