“I don’t have time to exercise."

This is, hands down, our biggest struggle when it comes to exercise. 

We’re busy. Our schedules are jam packed. Our attention is drawn in 50 different directions every day.

Between careers, social lives, kids, and everything else grabbing our attention, where do you find time to sit and breathe for a second, let alone exercise?

What I’ve learned is this.

The secret is just one word:

“No.”

Saying “no” to the thousands of things competing for our attention every day but that aren’t truly important to us.

We don’t know how to say “no” anymore. It makes us anxious, awkward, uncomfortable. It’s easier to suck it up and do what other people want than to face someone down and refuse them.

I used to think saying “no” took discipline…

But it actually takes something more basic than that. 

It takes knowing why the hell you wake up every morning and having the self respect to put that ahead of everything else. 

That means being clear on what’s important to you and devoting yourself to the few things that truly bring you joy. And then politely ignoring everything else that isn’t a family emergency or the outbreak of World War III.

You might have any reason to want to exercise. It might be vanity, lack of confidence, being strong for your loved ones, wanting to date again, whatever… It’s about what’s important to YOU. And no reason is any better than another one. What matters is that you care about it.

I’ll be totally honest here: For the longest time, I used to pretend that I didn’t care about vanity when it came to exercise. I used to think it was a weakness to be wrapped up in how I look. As soon as I realized that I actually do care about looking good, though, I began to feel so much better. My confidence went through the roof. I was acknowledging something that was important to me, not anyone else. 

If you want to exercise, I promise the time exists in your day. 5 minutes is better than zero minutes and we all waste at least 5 minutes a day on unproductive crap.

Let’s replace this excuse of “I don’t have time" with the habit of making time for yourself first.

We all have 5 minutes a day and 5 minutes is way better than nothing.

And don’t underestimate the power of a few minutes. I met a man, recently, who lost over 40lbs just by making a habit of moving for 15 minutes every day.

You can do this if it’s important enough to you.