Something that we commonly hear — and that I’ve often railed against in the past and continue to do so NOW — is the “I don’t have time to exercise” excuse.
Out of all the excuses that people make for not getting in a good workout — this one is probably the WORST of them all — and this one is the most irritating of them all — at least to me.
And perhaps what is MOST amazing to me — or maybe not — is that at the time of writing this piece, the COVID-19 is sweeping the globe — and most people are under lockdown, stuck indoors.
That is right. Locked down — and in some cases, no access to alcohol, tobacco or the usual nonsense that people overdose on every time they’re (or should I say the average “sheep”) is stressed out.
Time galore. No work (other than work from home in some cases). PLENTY of time to kill, and yet, there is no time…
If I had a penny for every time I heard this excuse, I’d be a millionaire, my friend. Several times over, and be that as it may, I’m here to debunk two things today.
First, that workouts need not take forever, a day and a half so to speak (as commonly thought).
And second, no, you do NOT necessarily need to set aside “workout time” specially during your day. Its awesome if you do, to be honest, but if you can’t — well — you can just as easily get a workout in, and a great one DURING the course of your NORMAL day.
The same people that make this “we’re too busy” excuse usually have time galore to watch the boob tube… or “chat on the phone” — or perhaps watch hours and hours of mindless soap operas either on the Web or the — yes, the idiot box — or discuss politics — or any amalgamation of inane and utterly UNPRODUCTIVE activities listed above.
You always have time, my friend.
I suppose this would be a good place as any to “pimp” my patented 8 minute- workouts that leave even the most seasoned of trainees in a pool of sweat on the floor before half of it is over -or in some cases, before the workout has even STARTED… but I’m not going to do that.
Instead, I’ll tell you a bit of a story.
I did a bit of a quick jaunt over to Hong Kong yesterday. For those of you on this list, you remember me telling you about my visits there, I’m sure. It’s about a half day trip all in all if you do things right — about 1.5 hours drive and back — and with immigration, crowds etc, can take a bit of time.
Up until last year and indeed last month, I’d get in a solid workout BEFORE leaving.
But yesterday, I figured I’d do something different. I figured I’d put my “you always have time” theory to the ultimate test — and I did.
I took care of “business” in the morning. Emails. Factory communications. Checking sales on the site. Et al.
Had lunch. Then it was time for the Kong.
And here is what I did.
Instead of taking a taxi to the subway station (about 30 minutes BRISK walk from my place), I just walked — and did so with purpose — briskly.
I was sweating a fair bit upon arrival, and I didn’t grab the nearest bench to collapse.
Instead, I stocked up on 5 liters of water — chucked said item into the backpack — and paced the floor until the train arrived.
When it was time to change from the subway to the main train — and buy tickets etc — I did NOT use the escalator.
I climbed three flights of stairs to “ground level” — and then another steep flight to the ticketing counter — and then another two or so to the “inter city” trains — all the time with backpack in tow.
Did get a curious glance or two from the onlookers “stationed” on the escalators, but hey, I’m used to that!
Once in the Kong, I had to use the subway again to get to where I needed to — and you know what that means, of course.
Stairs,stairs, and more stairs — and for those that rant about TIME, or the lack of it?
Let me tell you, a quick run up a flight — or three — of stairs is FAR FAR quicker than just standing on the escalator which goes at it’s own pace (especially when said escalator is crowded!).
I cannot tell you how many times I bounded up them stairs yesterday and folks that got on the escalator BEFORE me were still on it when I was at the top of that flight of stairs.
This sort of a workout not only boosts your entire immune system from all the huffing and puffing — but also burns FAT like crazy, my friend — and all it requires is one thing — that is for you not to be LAZY!
On the way back from the Kong — it was the same thing, except in reverse.
And as I collapsed in bed last night after a good dinner, I had the feeling of a job well done — or as Brooks Kubik said all those years ago in the “infamous” “Rahul’s hill walking workout from China” email –
At the end of it all, he sits down to a good dinner. And he should. He’s earned it!
So there you have it, my friend. A prime example of how you can integrate exercise into your daily routine.
Without further excuses then — just do it!
P.S. — In terms of 8 minute workouts — here is a link that explains it all — https://0excusesfitness.com/2017/09/07/the-8-minute-workout/
P.S #2 — And while you’re at it, dont forget to pick up your copy of the 0 Excuses Fitness System right here — — https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/