But I don't have time!

I don't have time.

It's one of the most common reasons that people give for not keeping fit.  In a world of time pressures and demands placed on people to always be busy, I'm not particularly surprised when I hear it.

Some people consider it just an excuse, I have even heard it called the adult equivalent of the dog ate my homework, but is it really?

People look at life in different ways.  To some, fitness is a way of life, even an obsession, but to others, it's the opposite.  They simply have other priorities which they consider to be more important.

This is where time becomes a factor.  If getting fit is not your priority, then you simply won't find the time.  If getting or staying fit is a priority, then you will.  

I hate to oversimplify the drivers that move people to get fit and stay fit but this is a big one.  There has to be an intrinsic motivation for people to want to do something about their health.  A doctor telling you that you need to lose weight won't necessarily help, neither will your partner or a friend telling you, in fact, those things may drive you in the opposite direction.

But what about having a look in the mirror and deciding that at this rate you won't meet your grandchildren?  What about sitting down to breakfast and counting up the blood pressure pills, the diabetes pills, the cholesterol pills and thinking that you've had enough of taking a pharmacy's worth of medication just to keep you "healthy".

Do you think you could make time then?  Is it only then that getting a half hour walk each day suddenly doesn't seem that hard to fit into your schedule?  It's a matter of priorities.  

Time is a valuable asset - it's the only thing that we can't get back once it's gone.  So when your health becomes a priority, then people seem to find the time.  

I'd love people to view their health as a higher priority, after all, the healthier you are, the more time you have in this life.

Is healthy living your priority at the moment?  Let me know through my website, I'd love to hear from you.


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