One of the most often
overused excuses people make as to why they don’t workout is, “I don’t have time!” Been there, done that. Actually, that used to be the #1 excuse I would use when I wouldn’t work out (just ask JenniferE!) when in all actuality, something else was holding me back. Then a funny thing happened. Back before I started regularly working out again to get ready to go on vacation last year, I had went back to college to finish up my bachelor’s degree. My first semester back, I took a class that had nothing to do with fitness or nutrition. The class had zero to do with anything about health even; however, we did an interesting little experiment in that class, the results of which brought me to the realization that I was full of crap when I used the excuse that I “didn’t have time” to fit in a workout and I have never let that excuse cross my lips (or even come to my mind) since then (and doubt I ever will!) about anything I put off doing just because I don’t want to do it.
Do you often find yourself saying you don’t have time for a regular workout or to learn how to cook healthier meals or make meals from scratch? Are you sure about that? Here’s an experiment that may help you figure out exactly why you’re so pressed for time.
For one week, keep what is called a “media journal.” You can keep it on a scrap piece of paper or in a fancy Excel spreadsheet; it doesn’t matter, just keep track of your media habits. Keep track of how much time you spend:
- On the web, to include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, reading blogs and online news sites, playing games if you’re a gamer, etc.;
- Watching TV;
- Listening to the radio; and
- Reading the newspaper or magazines’
This experiment was an eye-opener for me. I knew I was a busy person because I do run a business and I have two kids and I’m a wife, but my results were…well, embarrassing. I never realized just how much time I spent online. I had to analyze my results and turn in both a paper and my journal to the professor and for a fleeting moment I thought about “fudging” the numbers, but who would that have helped? No one. So I was completely honest and turned my journal in as-is…and waited for an “OMG, you spend that much time online, you should be ashamed!” comment back from the professor (which never came, of course!).
Now, I am not saying we should never ever do things we enjoy, like engaging in social media, reading the paper, etc., because life should be fun and we all need that time to ourselves to do whatever we feel like, but I bet if you keep track of how much time you spend on those activities, you’ll find that you really do have more time than you think.
Will you take the time challenge? Let us know what you find out! (Don’t share your numbers, please! Just let us know if it was an eye-opener for you as well!)