Making time vs finding time.

Exercise is something I do at least four times a week and I have been doing it for several years. It is something I enjoy and look forward to doing hence the reason I make time to do it. I like to try out different approaches to exercise and the past three weeks I experimented with not scheduling my workouts and I figured I would just go with the flow of the day and exercise whenever some free time was available. After three weeks I got in  three workout sessions.

I am married with two young boys ages five and two, and everything that comes along with having a family takes up your time and energy. An average of one workout a week on a consistent basis, in my opinion is not enough when your goal is weight loss, muscle building or improving fitness. I can only imagine how hard it is for some to find time to exercise who have bigger families or more going on in their daily lives than I do. The problem is our approach.

The issue of finding time is a faulty concept. One must make time. It’s a faulty concept because finding time requires little to no sacrifice. You allow things to get in the way or take precedence over what you intended to do, a road that leads to no progress. To succeed at anything in life there needs to be some measure of sacrifice. When you make time to do something, you do it no matter what. For me to get my workouts in I need to either sacrifice some sleep and do it first thing in the morning or sacrifice going to bed at a decent hour and do it the last thing at night. Each person’s situation is different so their sacrifices will be different as well.

We can all make time for exercise if we really want to, but are we willing to sacrifice the simple pleasures in life to make it happen? We make time for everything else, so why not exercise?


3 thoughts on “Making time vs finding time.

  1. For me the trick is making the experience during exercise as enjoyable as possible. Then it naturally becomes an irresistible top priority.

    When I learned how to get ‘in the zone’ during each workout I automatically became consistent. I’ve had a similar experience with meditation and yoga. But it wasn’t until I applied some of those same principles to weight training that it became practically addictive.

  2. I so agree with you. It is all about what is important to you and what you are willing to make time for. Even today, I am exhausted but I have determined I am going to the gym anyway. Keep it going!

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