Don’t have time? Make it!

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One of the most common excuses I hear regarding both exercise and eating properly is “I don’t have enough time“. That may be a valid excuse in a few scenarios but most people simply don’t make the time. It may help you to write a rough schedule of how you need your day/week to go to get your priorities straight. Over the past few years I have become a master of multitasking, and you must learn that art and implement it as often as possible.

It can be difficult to manage a tight schedule but exercise is a priority of mine and I feel like if I put the effort into working out I’m not going to ruin that energy spent with garbage for a diet. While even 15 minutes of walking a day is an improvement over the couch potato lifestyle I think you would be doing yourself an injustice if you did not try to improve your exercise and eating habits together.

As I write this, it is Monday afternoon and all of my food for the week is cooked and packaged in Tupperware (stock up now!) containers ready to go, excluding my breakfast. For me, this saves enormous time being able to microwave a meal in 2 minutes opposed to prepping, seasoning, baking, etc…I know I don’t have much spare time during the week so weekend time is unfortunately a necessary sacrifice in order to prepare for the week.

The point I’m trying to make is you must plan ahead if you live a busy life, I think its safe to say you can find time if you WANT. If your favorite show is on TV and its running in a special time slot, you can usually “find” the time to watch….I know I can. Working out is hard and some people don’t like it. Eating healthy is generally more expensive and it takes more time to prepare a meal than running to your local fast food chain. But ask yourself…do you want to live longer, look better, feel better? If the answer is yes, than you must make the time to do so.


About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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