I hear a lot of bullshit excuses as to why people don’t exercise.
“I’m too tired.”
“My spouse/parent/child died.”
“I’m on fire.”
But there is one lame-o, crappy excuse that sits upon the throne of bullshit excuses, and wears a crown of turds and waves a scepter of indifference:
“I don’t have time.”
This is the biggest lie, the biggest cheat, the ultimate health and fitness stealer, and the reason you’re trapped in a sad, soft, body.
You do NOT have to dedicated hours of time to simply get fit and improve your health. Yes, OPTIMAL training programs can sometimes take long. But if you have a home (or even if you live on the street), and 10-15 minutes, then you can exercise. And you can do it efficiently and effectively.
In THIS study, it was demonstrated that you can effectively build muscle, burn fat, and improve your cardiovascular health in two 15 minute sessions per week.
15 minutes. That’s less time than a bathroom break at work. Unless you’re eating a lot of meat protein. But that’s a different article.
In THIS study, they did it in 11 minutes.
Before you start whining about the time it takes to drive to the gym, park, get changed, text someone, post a picture on Instagram, etc., consider this: You can get an effective workout at home with simple, inexpensive equipment!
Sure, a well-equipped gym will give you more options and may ultimately lead to optimal progress, but there’s a lot you can do with a couple of dumbbells, a chin-up bar, a mat, and a resistance band or two. A lot. So training at home is definitely an option if getting to the gym is really THAT hard (it probably isn’t, you’re probably just lazy).
If people doing shift work make time to train, so can you. If fortune 500 CEOs, who work 20 hour days, rise at 5:00 AM, and travel around the world make time to train, so can you. Even when I worked 12-16 hour days, I still made time to train 2-3 times weekly. You can do it too. How much time are you wasting on television, the internet, and on your phone? It adds up, and it can be better spent.
If you have time to shower and brush your teeth, you have time to exercise. Exercise will contribute to your health just as much as showering and brushing your teeth, if not more. It will help you live longer! Just take a look at some of the studies referenced HERE. Making time to train is making more time for life.
In conclusion, we can see how the “lack of time excuse” really isn’t a valid excuse at all. When you say you don’t have time to exercise, you’re simply saying that you don’t want to exercise, and that you’re happy being less healthy, less fit, less attractive, less intelligent, and in general, unlovable and pretty much completely worthless.
So get moving!