As well-rounded and awesome as my gym is - our programming, the community, the flexibility of class times, goal accountability, fun workouts, creative movements...yeah, you get it - our amazing gym isn't for everybody. Some people live too far away, some people just don't like group class fitness, but MOST claim two things:
I don't have the money.
I don't have the time.
I've got news for you...that's crap. I usually fight this with what seems to be unofficial coaches' creed: You have to MAKE time for yourself. Prioritize your health by spending your time and money on your body. I understand it seems pricey, but in the long run it's totally worth it.
While all of that is true, it's a bit soft and subjective. So, let's get objective...
We are a country of consumerism. We like to spend our time buying THINGS and STUFF, so it is understandable that spending a good amount of money on a service and not a product is difficult for us. However, what are you actually doing with all that crap you're buying...all of the stuff that is taking money out of your health & fitness fund?
(If you're not interested in watching the entire 20 minute video, either start around minute 11 or read below for the related points:)
1 - We are now spending 3-4 times as many hours shopping than Europeans.
2 - We are buying products that are made to break so that you have to buy again.
3 - Statistics show that a huge portion of what we buy is in the trash within 6 months.
4 - National happiness peaked in the 1950s, just before consumerism started escalating. All of this buying of stuff isn't making us happy...*exercise has been REPEATEDLY linked to happiness, fighting depression, & self-confidence.
Here's a great article to shine some light on how much time you really have: Not Enough Time?
What are you really spending all your time on? As of January of last year: GlobalWebIndex polled 170,000 internet users about their internet habits, and found that average usage times for social media sites rose from 1.66 hours per day in 2013 to 1.72 hours per day last year.
Don't neglect your family to come to the gym. Don't lose sleep to come to the gym. Cut out the crap...the computer time with all those ads on the side of every page tempting you to buy, buy, buy!
STOP SPENDING MONEY & TIME ON stuff & things. START SPENDING ON YOURSELF, YOUR BODY! Treating yourself to a new pair of shoes is spending money on shoes. Treating yourself to a gym membership where you get to workout every day, socialize, & get out from in front of a screen is spending money on yourself.
So, now I feel obligated to say...You have to MAKE time for yourself. Prioritize your health by spending your time and money on your body. I understand it seems pricey, but in the long run it's totally worth it. Get off the computer and into the gym. Skip a shopping trip and pay for the gym. Skip a meal out, eat at home instead, and stash the money in your gym fund.