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  • 16th DEC 2013

    Excuse Buster #1: ‘I don’t have time to exercise’

    By Emma Price in Gym

    Think you don't have time to exercise? Think again!

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    We can all sometimes feel as though life is pulling us here there and everywhere leaving us with no time to take care of ourselves.

    You’ve got kids tugging at your trouser leg, work pulling you by the collar, friends and family on each sleeve and you’re only just about getting time to lift a sandwich to your mouth before your yanked away again by some more menial tasks that seem to take up your day.

    Heck, that does sound time consuming.

    But in the majority of cases we all have time; we just choose to spend that time in less active ways. Be that catching up on our favourite TV programmes, surfing the web, playing computer games... you get the idea.

    So why are we more concerned with looking after material items than looking after our bodies? It doesn’t have to be this way.

    Firstly, let’s get our facts straight. You don’t need to spend hours and hours in the gym 7days a week to make a difference to your health. A new study* has found that people who exercised for just half an hour a day lost a third more weight than those who did an hour long work out.

    There is a myth that you need to try lots of equipment at each gym visit to get a benefit but this is not true! Many of our members are able to satisfy their fitness goals with a 30 minute blast on the treadmill 3 times a week.

    Also, it doesn’t even need to be in the gym. Sure, the gym is great with a personalised programme and regular reviews to keep you interested, but it’s not for everyone.

    Why not try group fitness classes like spinning or yoga? Or even football, swimming, or badminton just to name a few?

    Most of the ‘I have no time’ excuses are perhaps masking the real issue: ‘I have no motivation’.

    Now is the moment to find the time and get motivated.

    Top Tips: Finding Time

    1. Swap a sedentary activity for an active one, e.g. instead of watching TV for an hour, head out to an exercise class

    2. Do a concise morning workout in the gym and feel motivated for your day ahead (remember 30 minutes is enough)

    3. Schedule your workout; put it into your calendar or planner and treat it like a meeting that can’t be missed.

     

    *Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10321468/30-minutes-of-exercise-better-for-weight-loss-than-longer-workouts.html