One of my least favorite excuses for not exercising is:
“I just don’t have time.”
This one bothers me for numerous reasons, especially for the psychological impact it carries, but more importantly, it implies that other people have more time than you do. Which we all know is bullshit.
The fact of the matter is: all of us only have 24 hours. No more, no less.
Therefore, when we tell ourselves that we don’t have time to exercise, all that we are really saying is that we have not prioritized exercise within the context of our day. We are saying that it doesn’t really matter to us.
This is a very big distinction.
The difference here is that the latter forces us to take responsibility for what we are choosing to do. Yes, that’s right, we actually have a choice in what we choose to do with each second of the 24 hours were given.
If exercise isn’t important to you, that’s fine…but don’t speak as if it is.
The excuse of “I don’t have time” is invalid. We all have time, we just make the choice to fill our time differently.
I used to use this excuse a lot, too. I found that changing the language was very, very powerful for me. It really helped to showcase the fact that I wasn’t prioritizing things that should be important to me, such as my health. Worse yet, by tracking what I was actually spending time on, it became glaringly obvious that I was wasting time doing a lot of activities that really were not productive at all.
Now, I have my workout times and self-care times scheduled out like any other appointment. These blocks of time are nonnegotiable, and I have them set aside specifically for me. Like any appointment of importance, they are rarely cancelled or rescheduled, unless a higher priority grabs my attention…and there aren’t many of those.
There times are important to me. They are a priority, because I am a priority and my health is very important to me.