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Busy Lives

Our daily lives can be very busy. Some days are so busy, we don't have enough time to complete everything we would like. There are many things we feel we "need" to do. Such as, need to finish some work, need to mow the lawn, need to take the car in for an oil change and need to sign the kids up for soccer.

What we really "need" to do is take care of ourselves. This seems to be the one thing we push to the bottom of the list. If we are not in top physical condition, then we will never be able to finish our "to do" lists. We will be too run down to even get to those things. Why do we take care of other things and other people but do not take care of ourselves? When I ask people this question, they usually tell me they do not have enough time. This is the reason that people justify in their heads and causes them to never have time to work on themselves

When people tell me that they do not have enough time, I understand. They are right; we do not have enough time. This is why we have to make time for ourselves. Of course, this is easier said than done.

We can benefit, as well as get results from exercising as little as 3½ hours per week. I say that because that means at least a half hour a day. In a perfect world we would have 60 minutes worth of activity a day. Nothing is perfect and we definitely do not live in a perfect world. If people think they need to exercise 60 minutes per day, they might never exercise at all. It is better to do some exercise, than none at all. There are a total of 168 hours in a week. If we exercise as little as 3½ hours a week, this leaves over 164 hours in the week to all of the things that we need to get done.

This small time commitment can make a huge impact in someone's life. It will be the start to the healthy lifestyle that so many people need. Exercise does not have to be done every day. It just needs to be cumulative throughout the week. My recommendation for the week would be 1 ½ hours of cardio and 2 hours worth of resistance training, or vice versa. How you mix this up throughout the week is up to you. An example would be: Monday, 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of resistance training. Wednesday, 30 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of resistance training. Saturday, 45 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of resistance training.

This example is one of many ways to break this up into your week. The main point of this is to make sure you get it into your weekly schedule. You can also do this all in the comfort of your own home and around your neighborhood. You do not have to go to the gym to exercise. Resistance training can consist of body weight exercises like pushups, pull ups, squats and lunges. We never have an excuse for not doing cardio. No matter where we are, we can always go outside for a brisk walk or a jog. This should eliminate all the excuses that we give ourselves. The truth is, there are no excuses for not working on our health. Our excuses come from laziness. This is due to the fact that it is very easy to be lazy. We need to make the effort to be more active.

There is only one thing that we will have for the rest of our lives. That is our body. That means you need to treat it well. If you do this, it will last you for a very long time.

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