In today’s fast paced world, sometimes it can be challenging to
find the time to get to the gym to workout. I am sure you have
heard many people say, “There just aren’t enough hours in the
day.” The number one excuse for not training on a regular basis
is not being able to find the time.
Ninety nine percent of all excuses are not valid! If you are
serious about getting in shape, if it is a top priority, nothing
will get in the way of you achieving your goal. If you want
something bad enough, it is amazing what you will do to get it.
Here are a few things you can do to eliminate the “I don’t have
1. Get up an hour earlier, or stay up an hour later. Dedicate
this extra hour of time to training and achieving your
fitness goals. Fact: Most people spend more time sleeping
than they need to. Eight or nine hours of sleep can be
great, but by no means necessary to maintain your health and
let you feel good.
Personally, I find it easier and more effective to get up an hour
earlier and train first thing in the morning for two reasons.
Training first thing in the morning increases your metabolism and
keeps you burning calories at an increased rate throughout the
day. Another great reason to train first thing is to eliminate
the possibility of procrastination and blowing off a workout. By
the end of the day, the last thing in the world you want to do
after a long day of work and responsibility is workout. Getting
your training in first thing will also increase your energy level
and make you feel good about yourself. It gives you a sense of
accomplishment which will help you tackle the rest of your day
and insane schedule with a smile.
I am sure that at least one “morning person” reading this said to
themselves, “Get up an hour earlier, he must be out of his mind!”
Even if you get up half an hour earlier, this equates to three
and a half hours of exercise time a week that you didn’t have
before. With only investing a half hour a day, you can get
quick, noticeable results.
2. Put together a home exercise program for those days you just
can’t get to the gym. For about $150.00, you can buy some
dumbbells, a bench, and a floor mat for abdominal training.
Although you can not get as thorough a workout as you could
in a health club – it’s better than nothing! Herschel
Walker, a pro football player, has one of the best physiques
around and he has never touched a weight! His workout
consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and cardiovascular exercise.
You can get great results sticking to the basics. Remember,
consistency and intensity are your key ingredients for
If money is an issue and you can’t afford to buy the equipment
mentioned above, all you need is a VCR. There are hundreds of
great video tapes designed for toning, weight loss and fat
burning. If you don’t want to go to a gym, this allows you to
exercise in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
All exercise video tapes are designed with music as a background.
Music is a powerful tool when it comes to exercise. It lifts
your spirits and increases your enthusiasm. Music also takes
your mind off the clock and makes your workouts seem to go
Exercise to music that you enjoy. If you like music from the
50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Richard Simmons “Sweating To The Oldies”, or
Cory Everson’s “Step In Time” are great beginner level programs.
If you like martial arts and self defense, purchase a tae bo
If you are in decent shape, semi-coordinated and like today’s
dance music, you can choose from several of MTV’s “The Grind
Workout Hip Hop Aerobics”, Paula Abdul’s, “Get Up And Dance”,
Milo Levell’s “Hip Hop Body Shop”, Kathy Smith’s “Latin Rhythm
Workout”, or Christy Lane’s “Funky Freestyle Dancing.”
If you have two left feet like me, you will quickly be able to
master Denise Austin’s Xtralite Beginner’s Aerobics.
All of these tapes and hundreds more are available for sale at
most music and major department stores. If you want to check out
a tape before you buy it, most of these video tapes can also be
rented at your local video store.
Incorporating these simple principles into your daily routine
will make it much easier for you to stick to the program, improve
your health, and move closer to your fitness goals.