“1st excuse: I don’t have time”



If you are the type of person where I ask you “why don’t you go to the gym, or workout” and you reply with “I don’t have time”, this is the solution for you. This excuse comes up a lot and not to say people honestly aren’t busy but people also aren’t around the clock being productive otherwise we wouldn’t have people who are unhealthy. You might work 2 jobs and go to school but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active doing so and it doesn’t mean you have to go to a gym to be active.  Now, in a perfect little world, I would want all of us to be a member at a gym and use the facilities but in this not so perfect world called reality it doesn’t happen & when it does, it doesn’t happen to last very long. Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce you to making time to stay active:

  • Park furthest away from your destination (school building, work parking lot, grocery store, dentist office, downtown, ect)
  • When you go grocery shopping, walk the whole store; no matter what you need, challenge yourself to walk the whole store
  • take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • stretch in the morning, and before bed
  • walk to your destination if you are within walking distance (honestly walking distance depends on what you are willing to walk)
  • Ride a bike to your destination
  • If you have kids, take them to the park, walk the neighborhood, play some sports with them, be active with them
  • college students, take the longer of the routes to your classroom
  • If you are on break at work, or school; walk the perimeter of your building inside or outside 
  • stand more, and sit less
  • Join a club/sport 
  • do more chores around the house
  • use workout videos at home
  • sit on a stability ball versus a chair
  • shop inside the mall instead of online shopping
  • walk your downtown area
  • make vacations around being able to stay active (camping, hiking, skiing, swimming, ect)
  • do a charity event (marathon, 5K, 10K, ect)

Now these are just some ideas to help get you started and I wasn’t going to make a novel of a list of things that one can do to stay active without attending a gym. It’s very obvious that the majority of these things you may already do and guess what? YOU HAVE TIME FOR THEM! so this means you actually do have time but you don’t realize it. The end result should be you moving more and sitting less. If you work 2 jobs and go to school full time, that means you have more leverage than the stay at home mom because you are constantly on the move; congrats! if you are a stay at home mom that means you have more leverage than the working college students because you have someone to watch over and keep up with; which means you should be constantly moving; congrats! (See how I did that). 


I welcome people to add more to this list, because I want to see it grow daily and be more of a 100+ ideas versus my very small list of ideas. The reason behind me not adding more, is because I don’t want to do all the thinking for you, be creative! life is what you make it, and if you know you are the type who never seems to have time for anything; then maybe you need to find time to read this and change that or maybe you are doing exactly what you should but don’t realize it and hopefully this motivates you to continue. I hate to seem too snarky, but these excuses become issues and issues become problems and problems are left as problems because no one wants to fix “their” problems, they want others too… stand up, adjust your pants and take some time evaluate your life choices and routines and add some movement to your life. 


Being productive = Staying active


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Your blogger Shay-lon



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Hello! College graduate in exercise science and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. My blog has all kinds of fun topics, something for everyone who is anyone that involves themselves with fitness. I like to think of fitness as a confidence booster, something to make us feel good and look good & pushes us to do things that make us feel more productive, unstoppable and stronger mentally and physically. My blog focuses on building people, and helping people see their true potential, while also sharing my journey with workouts, competing with powerlifting, and sharing how to's on workouts, so you step inside the gym with more knowledge. I don't know everything but I am on a voyage to build my character, my strength and work on my weaknesses --- with awesome people in my corner who support me and my goals. I plan on being your cheerleader, friend, coach and trainer all-in-one and most of all, I want to be your listener, the person who can listen and gain more knowledge about you and learn what makes fitness important to you; what's your why! (Your why will carry you to the finish line). It's important to have purpose for something, because you will need that purpose when you start to give up on yourself or want to quit. "Don't let the fire that guides you, dim" - Shay-lon Besides the fitness stuff, I reside in Ohio, love dogs and love pizza. Typical 26 year old trying to build an empire that brings out the best in others and makes me the best person I can be in all aspects in my life. Before I die, I want a reason to live, and I was given that reason each day I am able to wake up --- I have learned to not take life for granted and to explore as much as possible because to live with zero regrets would be fantastic! "I've conquered many things, but I still have much to learn about life, because nobody can know everything. & every battle is different" - Shay-lon

2 thoughts on ““1st excuse: I don’t have time””

  1. I have a gym membership and I try to make it there as much as possible but the fact of the matter is the gym feels like punishment. I love walking but walking on the treadmill is extremely boring. I rather go outside and do it but right now it is too darn cold! So I started yoga. I am trying hard to find an activity that is fun to do so I keep doing it!

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    1. Hey! I am glad you mentioned how you feel about going to the gym, it gave me a possible idea for another at another time. I can agree, I would much rather walk outside and explore than just walk on a treadmill staring at a TV screen. I do attend a gym and I like going more so because I enjoy fitness and because I don’t own any weights at my house so it offers me weight lifting equipment and sometimes it is nice to meet people; although I normally am not very social when I am there because I am in the “zone”. I have never done yoga but I know tons of people who have taken yoga classes and didn’t complain much about. I thought about giving it a go, although I am not too optimistic about it for myself.. we shall see how it works out. I am a firm believer that finding something productive to do that challenges you or keeps you moving can be just as good as going to any gym.. so I think you ate on the right track when you mention “trying to find an activity that is fun to do so I can keep doing it”. That aspect is very important!


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