“I want to get in shape but i’m just too busy to get around to it.” – Insert friend/ family member/ co-workers name here.  

I couldn’t tell  you how many times I have heard someone use this excuse to justify why they cannot get to the gym or exercise on any kind of regular basis. Life can be chaotic, I get it, we can sometimes find ourselves getting too caught up in our daily grinds.

Here is my problem with the time excuse, it’s probably bullshit.

Ask yourself, how much time do you spend watching tv? Do you mindless scroll away on your phone? Have you exhausted every cat video on YouTube? One could argue that these activities probably  aren’t the best ways to use ones time. We might know this, yet we continue to do these things on a daily basis.

Why do we do it? Well two things that come to mind, one being poor priorities, and the second, bad habits.

Did you know that the average American watches roughly 5 hours of television each day(NY Times – “Cross-Platform Report” Nielsen media ratings company) Compare those numbers to the average that Americans tend to exercise or engage in some sort of physical activity and the numbers dwindle to a pathetic 2 hours a week (U.S Government data from the American Time Use Study). That’s a whole lot of inactivity.

We need to take a step back for a second and ask ourselves what are our priorities and how do they rank on the scale of most to least important.  If you chose to watch that episode (or episodes) of [insert TV/Netflix show here] instead of hitting the gym, that bike ride, or that run, you decided that the former was more important, not that you didn’t have time. Remember that even the most successful person in this world has the same amount of time as you. Once we can break away from the excuse of not having time and taking a harder look at our priorities we can begin to add something very powerful into our lives, accountability.

Creating habits take more than just willpower. Habits are deliberate practices. It is easier to say you are going to do something then actually executing it on a daily basis. Some magic numbers I have heard thrown around regarding how long it takes a person to form a habit range from 21 to 30 days. In reality, there is no magic number. Get out there and do one thing daily. For example, if you are looking to have a better diet your daily habit could be something as simple as increasing your water intake. Once you can conquer one habit you can then use that to build on another habit. Think about making a snowball and then rolling it down a hill, as it continues down its path it keeps building and building until eventually it is a full blown avalanche. Keep it simple, make a plan, and execute.

Everyday we are fortunate enough to be able to wake up and start a new day, we are presented with the opportunity to become something better. Remember excuses will always be there, opportunity might not.

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