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Congratulations! If you’re here, you are probably ready to make a commitment to changing some aspect of your life. There are a lot of obstacles when starting and a lot of excuses we have to avoid. It’s not going to be easy but here are some ideas to help get passed your brain screaming I DON’T HAVE TIME

1. Schedule It!

If something is on your schedule, it becomes part of your weekly routine. That means you are less likely to schedule something over it, forget about it, and if others can see your calendar, it might even hold you accountable to go.

2. Multi-task!

Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Stranger Things, The Big Bang Theory, Seinfeld, Friends, Sex and the City, heard of any of these? If you’ve watched these shows, you’ve spent over 14 days watching television! That’s 340 one-hour workouts and guess what? You can work out and watch TV — our WiFi is pretty slick. Grab a book and hit a treadmill. Review a report and hop on a bike. Hold a meeting and take a walk. You can do this!

3. Put your money where your mouth is

Another way people trick themselves into working out is to make the punishment of not going a lot higher. Set aside your “fun” money and every time you go to the gym reward yourself. Now there is a punishment for those times you decide “not today”. Want an added motivation? Give it to your best friend (or someone you trust) and tell them if you don’t exercise they can spend the money on anything they want.

4. Early bird gets the worm

The most consistently successful members we see are part of the early morning crew. Get up a bit earlier and you’ll be surprised at how few other things you have to do at 5 in the morning. It cuts down on distractions, the gym is less busy, and you’ll feel great the rest of the day.

5. Lunch, Lunch, Lunch

Use your lunch hour to head to the gym. Find a nearby gym and plan your route. It’s an hour that you might not be using efficiently. You can eat your lunch while you’re going over any reading you have in the mornings or afternoons. Save up those low priority emails and eat something healthy.

6. Join a group

Whether it is finding a work-out buddy or joining some group classes, working out socially is going to help you succeed. Turn some of the social events you don’t want to miss into something activity based. You can head to the park or go for a bike ride in the river valley. Working with others will make it more enjoyable and less likely that you’ll try and avoid your work-outs. Not wanting to let others down will also create another reason for you not to miss a workout.

This is just a short list of ways to help get past the I don’t have time mentality. Remember that this is not always going to be easy but it will always be worth it. We believe in you!

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