The excuse didn’t work as a child so why do I constantly hear people using the grown up equivalent, ‘I’m too busy’?
I get it, people work long and hard, as the hours get longer so do levels of stress and exhaustion. I know that at the end of a hard day or week the last thing someone feels like doing is getting active or cooking a balanced nutritious meal.
Instead they just want to sit on the couch and eat take away. In fact I would say that more often than not the first things to be sacrificed when we get busy or stressed are those things that are actually good for us.
Why? Because it is easy and requires little to no effort.
But I want to challenge this idea.
It might be easy to be overweight, unhealthy and unhappy but is it worth it? Do you like to look in the mirror and hate the person you see? Is it easy trying to dress in such a way that your belly doesn’t stick out?
I know from experience that it isn’t easy. In fact it is hard to be out of shape or overweight. I used to hate going to the beach or walking to work. I was scared and embarrassed more often than I was happy.
This is where the problem lies though. Being overweight is hard but so is staying fit and active.
There are days when the last thing I want to do is go for a run or jump in the pool. There are some days where I would sacrifice a small animal just to get a sweet hit of McDonalds.
Not only is the actual activity hard but so to is dealing with those voices in your head which tell you that it is hard.
There is an amazing video on YouTube called ‘The Grind’ and my favourite line in the whole clip is “For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way.”
That is the point where change happens.
By choosing to take the path that requires more work and dedication, will not the rewards be sweeter?
I always say to people that if being fit were easy there would be no overweight people.
So that point of conflict is your opportunity to stop making excuses and start making hard choices.
Now please do not misunderstand me here. I am not expecting that every person drop what they are doing and run to the gym for four hours a day.
But maybe we should all start thinking about the choices we make.
Is the world going to end if you do leave work on time one day a week and go for a run? Will you really be too tired if you get up a little earlier and do something in the morning? Is it really that hard to cook your own meal?
When you look at these questions individually and consider that there are in fact 168 hours every week, is a few hours of that dedicated to you really hard or selfish?
I personally think the choice is easy.
I am saying this as someone who knows both sides of the equation well. I have been very overweight and I have now been fit for 4 years. There are days where it is hard but those days are much less than the years I spent unhappy.
So stop making excuses for why you cannot be fit and healthy and reclaim your life.
It isn’t going to be quick and it isn’t going to be easy.
It will hurt and you will hate it sometimes.
But by working hard towards something you truly want you will be able to appreciate what you have gained as a result. You will look back and think why didn’t I make this change sooner.
At the end of the day the only person who can make the change is YOU.
You can spend as much money as you like on fancy diets or a personal trainer, but until you make the effort you will not succeed.
So give it a go. Don’t be that person who is always too busy. Don’t think of taking the time to train or eat well as a problem. Think of it as an opportunity to work on yourself.
Tim is completing a law degree in Sydney at the University of New South Wales and work as a PT focusing on weight loss and triathlon coach. He is a member of MaccaX Triathlon Team and truly believes that triathlon is the greatest sport on earth. Read more about his adventures on www.oztriathlete.com