STEP #1: MAKE THE TIME
“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” –C. S. Lewis
It is the one bonafide non-renewable resource in the world—and it is the one resource that most of us feel we don’t have enough of. Perhaps that’swhy “lack of time” is the main reason why most people don’t exercise more or eat better.Regardless of who we are, where we live and what we do, there is one constant: We all have the same amount of time. Each of us has access to precisely168 hours every week, and we can use that time any way we choose. The nature of time creates universal parity.The differences between us start to show in how we use our available time. Our subtle choices each day create strikingly different realities. The perceptionis that busier people don’t have the time to exercise or eat well. However, research shows that people who consistently work out and prepare healthymeals are just as busy as those who do not.Perhaps it’s not that you don’t have the time to exercise or eat right. It may be that you are choosing, consciously or unconsciously, not to make thetime for these things. This is merely conjecture, but I want you to assess your situation objectively. Be bluntly honest with yourself: could you have threeto five hours a week to exercise if it was a matter of life and death? Because, it just might be.The first step to making more time for your health is to decide that your well being is a genuine and top priority in your life. Then, you must create alittle extra time each week to improve it. Here’s how:
TIP: Turn off your television.
This is the simplest and most surefire way to liberate more time for yourself, your health, your family—and your life! Admittedly, watching less televisionis exceedingly difficult to do. Television is an engaging media. The average American tunes in for a whopping of 27 hours every week. Programmingis designed to keep you glued to the set, as often as possible, at all costs! For decades, TV has been a vehicle to sell products to a mass market, andit’s been carefully engineered to keep you engrossed. In order to “break” from TV, you must do it gradually. Start by choosing four days a week onwhich you can watch TV, and three days on which the tube stays off all day. This will give you more time to live your life more fully: you’ll have moretime for your kids, more time for yourself—and yes, more time for exercise and healthy eating. Despite being on TV, I have been without television for over six years! It was one of the best moves my family made to improve our quality of life. And, I believe it would be for you as well.