Too busy for exercise? Really?

I hear this a lot… too much really.
And, when I do, that little voice in my head replies:

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I’ve heard that this thought process makes me ‘intolerant’, or ‘an asshole’… but let’s be serious here.

I train doctors, lawyers, teachers, shift workers, hotel workers, drivers… People who have horrendous schedules.

Me personally? I work 12 to 16 hour days… Some days I work more than 16 hours. I work seven days per week: No off days; no vacation. Yes… no vacation.

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For many years, I slotted a workout in around work. I added it to my ‘to do’ list, so I it became a part of my daily life.

So, now it’s like clockwork for me personally… as natural as brushing my teeth. I say this, not to trivialise anyone’s personal struggle but, rather, to illustrate that it CAN be done… as a long as a person stops saying “I can’t.” Words are a powerful catalyst for change.

Saying ‘I can’ immediately opens a person up to the possibility of succeeding.

“I can’t. I don’t have time to go to the gym”. Have you ever once said this? I bet you have!

I always say this to clients who claim that they can’t workout: You don’t need 2 hours, and you don’t need a gym.

Something as simple as rolling out of bed in the morning, and dedicating 15 minutes to calisthenics (done in HIIT/Tabata style if you’re keen on losing weight) is way better than doing nothing. 15-20 minutes per day? Yes.

Hell, some days, 7 minutes of exercise can put you in an awesome place: 7 minutes i.e. Seven 50meter sprints, with a casual walk back to the start position. I’ve done it. So can you!

Don’t have 7 minutes? How about 6?!

I made this 6 minute exercise video one day I missed my workout due to my heavy client load:

It was all I did that day…and it was more than enough.

I posted it to show clients that fitness is only as complicated as you make it.

So, what will you do today?

Will you opt to make fitness less complicated?

Will you remove “I can’t” from your vernacular?

I challenge you!

Yours in fitness,
-C. Springer

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