Recently, I had the unfortunate ordeal of vacationing in Jamaica. Not only were we hundreds of miles from my kettlebells, between having breakfast delivered to our room, walking to the beach, relaxing on the beach, getting drinks at the beach, sitting in the Jacuzzi, taking a dip in the pool, and having a four course dinner every day when was I going to find time to workout?
Seriously, these are 2 of the 3 biggest excuses we hear when folks are reluctant to start the exercise regimen they need.
- I’m too busy / I can’t find time to workout every day
- I don’t have access to the equipment I need
Well, I have to agree with the first point. You will never “find” time to workout. If exercise and health are not a priority for you, it will always fall to the bottom of this list.
Something will always come up first: work, kids, social life. There is always something additional that needs to get done. Trust me, as a small business owner, the work day never really ends, there is always something that I could continue working on. Those of you with kids and families probably share a similar sentiment.
Why are we so busy? Fundamentally, the reasons are good. We want to maximize the fulfillment in our lives and our ability support and care for our families.
Strangely, health—fitness—wellness, seems to fall way to the bottom of our priority list-if not dropped altogether.
As you might expect, it needs to be at the top of the list! Plan your day around your workout—your health regimen. The other things in your life that need to get done, will get done. Just because you worked out for an hour today are you going to shirk your required duties at work? I don’t think so. Are you going to neglect your kids and family? I don’t think so.
Furthermore, I stipulate that prioritizing your workout, your fitness regimen will actually improve those other aspects of your life and your ability to optimize them.
Collegiate athletes consistently perform better academically on-season, than off-season. Why? The discipline and structure that a busy practice and game schedule necessitates. Student athletes must work diligently and effectively in order to succeed.
Make the time. Impose the discipline on your schedule and you can prioritize your health and continue to enjoy the other aspects of your life.
#2 – no equipment
That’s even easier. Realistically, a Kettlebell or even a few kettlebells is a VERY SMALL investment to make in your health. However, you may not always be able to bring them with you. That’s OK too. Gravity is a beautiful thing, no matter hard we try, it seems to stay constant. Simple bodyweight exercises and complexes are your solution. Here’s an excerpt of one of my routines whilst in Jamaica.
1 Pushup/1 Squat, 2 Pushups/2 Squats, 3 Pushups/3 Squats….you get the idea. Go up to 10 and back down. It’s nothing revolutionary, but you can always come up with something, no matter how limited you are on equipment and space.
Short, simple, full-body and effective.
Stay tuned for our Body Weight Exercise eBook, it really is coming soon.
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