Time, money and motivation. When it comes to exercise, these are the 3 biggest reasons for not being able to get started. While all of them have their variables, we need to break them down one at a time to see if there’s anything we can do to fight the fight. Today, we are going to start with time.
Time is the easiest factor to deal with, but also very complicated. Generally speaking, we all have the same sort of obligations. We all have related things that take up most of our time, but in a different way. Let’s take a look at some of the parts that take up most of our time and see if we can find some wiggle room:
Now, granted, we all need some decompression time. Whether that’s when you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed at night, it’s important to have time to unload your mind. Where we get stuck is thinking that exercise is a 2-hour event. Because of what we see on TV, social media and the news, we think we need to be working out 2 hours a day, 8 days a week in order to get in shape.
There is certainly an optimal number of days that you should exercise to efficiently lose weight or get stronger or put on muscle. However, it’s all relative. You have to look at your situation and where you are now. You have to say “Okay, if I start walking today, that’s more than what I did yesterday”. Doing something is ALWAYS better than doing nothing.
Tell yourself you are going to go to the gym 2 times a week for an hour. Weight training is the best course to fat loss, so it’s important to put some time in. 2 other days a week, spend 30-60 minutes at home doing a home-based workout. Need some help with that? Here, buy a kettlebell and do this workout:
Kettlebell Swing x 20
Pushups x 10
Kettlebell Swings x 20
Pushups x 9
Kettlebell Swings x 20
Pushups x 8
All the way down to 1 pushup. Or give this one a try (this is a good butt burner!):
Kettlebell Swings x 10
Goblet Squat x 1
Kettlebell Swing x 9
Goblet Squat x 2
Kettlebell Swing x 8
Goblet Squat x 3
Repeat until you reach 1 swing and 10 squats. Both of these workouts will take you 20 minutes or less, depending on how much you rest. They will also burn a considerable amount of calories and help you build some strength and muscle.
You have to make exercise work for you. Don’t try to fit yourself into Arnold’s routine of 2 workouts a day. Decide how you want to spend your Disposable Time. Do efficient, full body workouts. Then give allow yourself to decompress.