The most common objection I hear when it comes to healthy living is finding time, and it’s a valid one. We’re all constantly juggling 10 Balls in the air and at any moment they could all come tumbling to the ground. Lets think of each ball as a baseball, and each baseball represents a component of your life. One baseball is family, another is work, yet another is social life, hobbies, education, and the list goes on and on ad infinitum. We can’t make exercise the eleventh ball, or the fifth, or even the first. In fact, we can’t make it a ball at all. Instead I want you to think of your fitness as the seams on the existing baseballs that hold everything together.
There are 2 concepts that I want you to understand when it comes to this analogy. First, you don’t need to carve out a huge block of time to workout. You don’t need an hour, half hour, or even 10 minutes to do SOMETHING to make your body healthier. If you only have 2 minutes, we’ll use the 2 minutes and we’ll make it count. Second, incorporating fitness into the activities already present in your life is a great way to stave off the effects of chronic disease WITHOUT taking away from the other important things in your life.
Over and over again I’ve seen people abandon exercise because they can’t commit enough time to get in a “full workout”. Would you rather have $2 or $0? Get the idea? Doing something is better than doing nothing. You don’t need an hour to drive to the gym, run on the treadmill for 20 minutes, hit some resistance training, shower, and then drive home. There are so many things you can do in 2 minutes right where you are and with zero equipment. Doing 2 minutes of exercise will improve your mood, increase your metabolism, and give you a mental win. Here’s a list:
- 2 Minutes of air squats
- Stretch your hamstrings
- 2 minutes of burpees
- 2 minutes of lunges
- 1 minute of jogging followed by 1 minute of sprinting.
- :30 push ups, :30 Squats, :30 Tuck Jumps, :30 situps
- Hold a plank for 2 minutes
- 1 minute of mountain climbers and 1 minute of flutter kicks
- 1 minute of pigeon stretch on each side
- 1 Minute of Side pillar (plank) on each side
And the list goes on and on and on. So next time you want to workout but you don’t have time, remember doing something is ALWAYS better than doing nothing.
Another way to use the seams on the baseballs to your advantage is incorporating movement into the stuff you’re already doing. Many of the activities in our lives present an opportunity to get moving, we just have to get a little creative and take advantage of them. I know you’ve heard this one before, but lets say you work in an office building…take the stairs! Maybe you even go up 2 extra flights before you come back down to your office. Now it’s after work and you want to spend some time with your kids. Instead of playing a board game, or reading a book, play tag with them! Go for a walk as a family, ride bikes, the list is endless. Want to hang out with your friends more? Signup for a kickball league, play golf, do something, anything, active together. It takes some creativity, but there are ways to incorporate your wellness into just about any activity you already do. If fighting early aging, heart disease, diabetes, and the like are important to you, you’ll find a way to make it happen!
Remember fitness doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t) be a huge burden on your life. Do what you can when you can with the people you care about. That’s a formula for happiness, health, and longevity.
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