During my undergrad years we would all say, "Oh I can't work out. I don't have time. I need to study." We always needed to study and the study sessions had to be about 7 hours long. There was ABSOLUTELY no time to study in that 7 hour stint. We were studying to get into GRAD SCHOOL. Therefore working out was a waste of time. There were more important things to worry about it. We all thought we would have the time once we were done with undergrad...or maybe we just thought our high school metabolic rate would stay with us forever....or maybe we just thought it just wasn't important full stop.
Then I went to grad school and the excuses changed a little bit, but at the core it was the same story. "I'm too busy to work out I have to write my thesis." Of course, this time to write my thesis came in the form of at least 4 hours of sitting at a desk. I always told myself and others that I didn't have time for exercising my body because I was exercising my mind. My mind was way more important than my body. They were two mutually exclusive things and you had to choose one.
Then one day I realized I didn't like the way I felt. Grad school was incredibly stressful no matter how many hours I spent staring at my computer screen. The long hours at the lab and the lack of exercise left me lethargic and scattered. The stress and the constant feeling of being overwhelmed pushed me to add in some exercise.
I made the time to exercise by taking a walk around the neighborhood. Slowly this walk turned into a walk/run and then into a full run. I started going to kickboxing once a week. Then I added in a yoga class a few weeks later. Over the course of the next two months I started noticing the differences in my body AND my mind.
Even now that I am out of school I will be at XYZ social gathering and someone asks what I do. I tell them I teach Pilates classes and one of the most common responses I get is "Oh, I would work out, but I'm too busy." Work is too busy, life is too busy.
"I'll get to it in the fall when work settles down."
"I'll get to it once I finish the home renovations."
It doesn't have to be like that.
At the root of "I'm too busy" are a few other feelings.
There can be pressure to do a huge awesome incredible and painful work out right out of the gates.
There can be a feeling of fear. Fear to start something new and unfamiliar. A fear of failure.
There can be a total distaste for exercise. "I only run if someone is chasing me."
There can be a total lack of motivation. The thought that there is just nothing in it for you if your exercise.
You can make time for exercise. You can enjoy exercise. You don't have to submit to the "No Pain. No Gain." mantra. Here are a few ideas to help you integrate exercise into a regular day.