“I would work out but I just can’t seem to find the time.”
What is really meant is “I would work out but I’m just not motivated enough.”
The time can always be found. It’s as simple as turning off the TV, getting off the computer, turning off the video games, cancelling the trip to McDonalds and dragging yourself to the gym.
Getting there is the hard part. It’s all downhill after that.
Much of success is simply showing up. Most don’t show up. Ever.
If you have shown up you have a leg up on almost everybody else.
“But I’m REALLY busy!”
- Wake up an hour earlier and go to the gym
- Go first thing after work
- Go at night after you put the kids to bed
- Go to bed an hour later
- Go on your lunch break
- Go in the morning before work
- Go on weekends
The time can ALWAYS be found. The busiest person in the world can free up three hours a week to exercise.
The motivation is harder to come by. Believe it or not, after a while lifting it becomes addicting and it becomes harder to take a day off than it is to go work out.
A while ago someone asked me something trivial like why hadn’t I swept the floor or something, I responded “I’m lazy”.
He asked me “how can you be lazy when you go work out every day?”
I responded “that doesn’t make me any less lazy, I love lifting, I love going to the gym, it’s much harder for me not to go to the gym than it is to go. If I take an unplanned day off I feel like shit. I don’t force myself to go to the gym because it’s my favorite thing to do. You’d have to force me not to go.”
It wasn’t always like that. When I first started going I did have to force myself to go.
Eventually I started dreaming about it during the day, just waiting in anticipation.
Start yourself at a moderate, leisurely 3 days per week. That’s about the best start anyone can make.
It won’t be fun at first. You will be weak, and tired, and sore, and hungry. Just keep going.
You will feel great after you work out and you will be glad you did. Just force yourself to go.
Eventually you will understand what it’s all about. Eventually nothing will keep you from the gym.