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“I’m too busy”. That’s the reason that most people cite when referencing why
that don’t exercise. You probably hear people say this nearly every day. Heck,
you may even tell yourself that to justify why you went to bed without spending
any time working out. But justifications are not truly “reasons”. In reality
they are just excuses.
But when you really look at the facts – the amount of time you need for an
effective workout – then that excuse simply doesn’t hold water. Many people
think 60 minutes or more is what is required for a workout session. That’s where
the root of the issue may begin. It’s no wonder people mistakenly think they
don’t have time for exercise. Then they rationalize their “excuse” and one
missed workout session quickly becomes a month of missed workouts.
And one month of doing something (or in this case NOT doing something), is
considered a habit. Habits can be difficult to break and can lead to long term
changes. That habit of not working out can lead to long-term health issues like
But, there is a simple solution found in the facts. The fact is that you do NOT
have to commit 60 minutes a day to working out. There have been many reputable
studies conducted on the effects of short workout sessions versus long ones.
These studies have proven that shorter workouts can be as effective as long
One study example was conducted by the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The objective of the study
was to determine whether several short bouts of exercise versus one long one per
day would enhance exercise adherence, cardiorespiratory fitness, and weight
loss. The results showed that short bouts of exercises made the individuals more
likely to stick to the exercise plan while also improving the weight loss
What does this mean to you? It means it is definitely time to throw out the “I’m
too busy” excuse. Start thinking outside of the gym. You don’t have to devote an
hour per day to exercise in order to reap the benefits. Get creative with your
Perhaps you could do a 10
minute workout in the morning and then a 15 to 20 minute workout in the evening.
Doesn’t that sound a lot easier to schedule than hunting for an hour in your day
to commit to exercise?
Skeptical that you can be effective in just 10 minutes? Give it a try and you
will be surprised. In 10 minutes you can do a comprehensive, effective strength
training workout. In 10 minutes you could run a whole mile. 20 minutes of a boot
camp workout will have you sweating.
Today is the day to make a contract with yourself that you will no longer use
the “I’m too busy to exercise” excuse!
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