Her and I haven’t yet had the “so, what do you do for a living?” exchange, so this wasn’t the opportunity to delve into deeper discussion about how my entire career is built on helping people make exercise fit. However, for me it was a valuable peek into the mindset of an average person who knows that regular exercise is important but just doesn’t know how to make it happen.
Huh. Not much to go on there. From a fitness professional perspective, “I don’t have time” actually means “it’s not a priority” and the first and best strategy is to simply change your priorities. (Easy, hey? Quit your day job, and you'll have plenty of time!) Even then, it’s true that nobody has time. Nobody has time for anything other than mandatory daily goings-on.
It’s not about HAVING time. It’s about MAKING time. Or better yet, it’s about CARVING time into your busy schedule for things that really matter. I love that word, carve. Our schedules are jam-packed like Silly Putty, and we have to physically sculpt and create space for things that are important to us.
I teach ten group exercise classes per week in a very active, healthy community. The same lovely faces come to my classes week after week after week. I adore these hard-working folk. Their malleable Silly Putty schedules are magnificent sculptures that balance personal wellness with all the rest that life demands.
Unfortunately this karate parent isn’t the typical profile that I see at my fitness classes. It’s nearly impossible to provide external motivation to those who have yet to find internal drive for exercise. This particular evening, amidst the kerfuffle us making our way to our vehicles, I suggested that maybe next week her and I could go for outside a walk instead of spending 60 minutes on our tushies watching our children kick and punch. (I still didn’t want to put on my fitness professional hat at this point.)
“Yah, maybe,” she responded, and that was that.