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If you didn't already know this, you probably won't be too surprised to learn that "not having enough time" is the number one reason that Americans state why they are not exercising or living a healthy lifestyle. WebMD, Excercise.com, VeryWellFit, and countless other studies and organizations are all in sync with this. In fact, the biggest reason why Swamp Fitness was created was to combat the "I don't have enough time" mindset by matching each of our clients with a personal trainer who can travel to their home (or their preferred location) while working around their busy schedule. Now that's what we call personal training at your convenience!
Digging a little deeper, why is "not having enough time" the number reason for not exercising enough? The answer is because other priorities in life are coming before your personal fitness (or before maintaining necessary habits to live a healthy lifestyle). These other priorities might not be adding much (or any) value to your life; such as too much TV, games, or drug abuse. However, prioritizing family, work, relationships, etc. might be legitimately perceived as more important than taking care of yourself. As a personal trainer, I know I might sound biased, but the truth is that exercising regularly can significantly help you improve these other important areas of life that mean so much to you.
We know that exercising is very important because we hear it from our doctors all of the time... Here is an educational video where Dr. Mike Evans breaks down why exercise is the single best thing we can do for our health and he also challenges our perspective on not having enough time for it. If exercise were a prescription drug, it would be the highest demanded drug on the pharmeceutical market by far. Let that sink in for a moment!
Now, let's dig even deeper! Psychology Today states that The Real Reason We Don't Exercise comes down to our desire to avoid any experience of discomfort. Exercise is uncomfortable for most of us in our society where we like to keep the air and water temperature adjusted to the perfect level all year long and we are so used to coming home to our perfectly soft beds each and every evening...
"Theories of human behavior have long shown that immediate experience often outweighs future rewards. What this means is that it is hard to do something uncomfortable even if it earns us something good later." -Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D.
IF YOU FEEL AS THOUGH YOU NEVER SEE ANY RESULTS OR CAN'T FIND THE TIME OR MOTIVATION WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING BACK ON TRACK WITH YOUR HEALTH, WE NEED TO WORK ON TRAINING YOUR MIND TO FOCUS ON AND HOLD ON TO ALL OF THE BENEFITS THAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU PERSONALLY SO THAT FITNESS TRAINING AND OTHER HEALTHY HABITS WILL NOT ONLY BE SUSTATINABLE FOR YOU, BUT ALSO THAT YOU TRULY BELIEVE THAT PRACTICING THEM CONSISTENTLY ARE WORTH IT TO YOU!
I hope this post encourages you to examine your own personal reasons that are preventing you from making physical exercise or other healthy habits a regular part of your life. It is our goal to continue to provide education and inspiration to empower you to overcome barriers so that you can reach your personal health goals and get the most out of life! Share this with a friend who you know has been too busy to get into a routine and can benefit from this information or working with one of our personal trainers to get the health results they want!
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Our Gainesville Personal Trainer Blog is focused on giving you the most effective fitness and nutrition guidance for your busy lifestyle. Since it can be tough to find time for personal training, we are committed to providing the necessary fitness coaching to help you overcome barriers that prevent you from being the healthiest version of you. Our personal trainers are on a mission to help you get fitness results!