There’s always an excuse to skip a workout. With the world moving at a faster pace nowadays, the most common excuse we give ourselves is that we are way too busy and don’t have any time to lace up our shoes for a jog, or head to the gym to lift some weights. We don’t even have time to do some jumping jacks!

I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. Where I was free as a bird and was able to get my workouts in anytime of the day and the other side where I was constantly on the move and every minute of the day was valuable.

What I’ve learn is that it’s not about having no time; it’s all about making the time for our priorities in life. We waste quite a bit of time throughout the day without even knowing it. We can’t be productive every minute of the day but we should be more aware to where all of our time is going.

1. Wake up earlier

We tend to waste a lot of time at night. It’s a time to cool down and re-energize for the next day. Our willpower dissipates during the day making it easier to skip that gym session. If you ever tried the morning workouts, you should know that the battle is getting out of your bed. Once you’re out, you’ve already won the battle as you’ll feel this intense motivation to smash your fitness goals. You’ll have a strong willpower to just do it.

The secret to waking up early is sleeping early. I find that in the morning, our minds are sharper and much more discipline to do the things we set out to do. During the nighttime, our minds are drained and less willing to do the things we need to do.

There are people out there who do go to the gym during the evenings even with their busy schedule but if you’re not one of time, it’s time to try the morning routine. If you’re serious about changing your life around, waking up a little earlier shouldn’t be a problem.

2. Change up your workout routine

Choose a routine that works well with your current situation. Are you busy during the week but free as a bird on the weekends? Are you busy everyday of the week but have some spare time to play with within those days?

For example: I used to be on a 5 day split routine for weightlifting. Each session would take me over 1 hour and a half. Since being much busier than before, I’ve changed my programs around into a push/pull/legs routine.

This does cause me to go 6 days instead of 5 but it allows me to cut my gym hours by half an hour each day which works a whole lot better for me. If you have plenty of spare time during the days, maybe a full body workout works best for you. Full body takes a long time to finish but requires only 3 days of the week.

Find a program that fits into your busy schedule. You got to sit down and plan it out. There are so many programs out there these days; you just got to be willing to do it.

How are you really spending your time?

We’ll always have the excuse of being too busy and sometimes it is a valid excuse but we can’t let that stop us from achieving our goals. We shouldn’t be too busy for our health. Find where you’re wasting time and correct it. If you don’t track it, you won’t really know.

I’ll leave this one quote with you to ponder over. This has been stuck on my mind ever since I heard it years ago.


“Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: busy doing what?” – Jim Rohn

Published by Duy Dang