Time is the most important thing in the world. It’s the only thing we can’t get any more of no matter who you know, how much money you have, or how great the power you hold is.

Yet, we waste it. We waste so much of it being unproductive.

This thought was what helped get me off the couch when I first took on the journey to fitness and healthy living. I thought of how much time I wasted surfing the Internet aimlessly, watching a tv show or a movie just because there was “nothing to do”. And the most heartbreaking time-waster? How much time I wasted thinking about if I should go work out or not. (Sidebar:  the longer you think about working out, the less likely you are to actually do it, FYI).

Time is also the #1 reason people have for not working out or eating healthier. “I just don’t have time for it,” or  “I have a very busy schedule,” we all say.

Here are 3 thoughts that might help put your time in perspective for you (because they helped me!):

  • The average television show lasts 42 minutes (sans commercials). In this time, you can run 5 kilometers, at least (even if you are just starting out). How many TV shows do you watch daily? (Or if you don’t watch TV — how many Youtube/Vimeo videos?)
  • It takes me 20 minutes in the morning to prepare my breakfast & lunch. In this time, I can do a high intensity circuit workout that will burn an excellent amount of calories. (Here’s a post on HIIT workouts – it’s an old post on BodyBuilding but provides useful info, sample workouts, and a schedule: click here.)
  • How long does it take you to get up in the morning? From that very first “snooze”? (I take 15 minutes or 3 snoozes on an average) In 15 minutes, you could have done a very quick morning yoga routine. Here’s one of my favourites from Tara Stiles:

Bottom line… Everyone is busy. In the fast-paced lifestyles that we live, “free time” sounds like a myth. But you have to make time for your priorities. Move your fitness and your health up that priority list and start using all of the time that you have to do something good for your body. I know that you don’t have time — but you also know that you have to make time, right?

Reflective Question(s): When was the last time you sat around contemplating if you should go to the gym/work out? Did you end up going? Why or why not? What drove your decision?

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