I get told time and time again that 'I don't have time to exercise' or 'I don't have time to cook healthy meals', but how can this be possible?
I understand some people really do have very busy lives and fitting these activities in may be harder than for others, but it's never impossible.
Let's work it out:
There are 24 hours in a day.
For the average person working 40 hours a week, 8 of those are spent at work, and a further 8 asleep. (Although most people don't get as much as 8 hours sleep that's the recommended amount so we will stick with that.)
That leaves you free 8 hours a day, or in other words 40 hours a week, and that's not even including weekends!
Yes people have other commitments, children, hobbies etc. and time spent commuting and getting ready for work, but they also seem to have a lot of excuses.
Cooking food doesn't mean you aren't spending time with your partner, do it together. Same goes for exercise, why not go to the gym at the same time?
Children take up a lot of time, but why not get up earlier than they do and exercise then, even if that means exercising at home. Prepare your meals while they're eating or sleeping, or make yours while making their lunches for the next day. Yes, I understand that by not having children I don't truly know what it's like, but I know it's possible, and a lot of Mum's do manage to fit it in.
Most people have a TV, and most of those people spend hours every evening watching it. That's a lot of time over the week that could have been spent exercising or meal prepping!
Have a look at your lifestyle and honestly answer these questions. In those 40 hours free Monday to Friday, is it really that hard to fit in 150 minutes or 2.5 hours (recommended amount per week) of exercise? I can, and do, prep an entire weeks worth of meals in an hour, so is it true you don't have 1 hour spare in those 40 a week to prepare your food? It may take you longer than this depending on how intricate your meals are and how many people you're prepping for, but it really doesn't take very long at all once you're used to doing it.
I think if you look at it like this, you'll start doing and stop excusing yourself. Make changing your lifestyle for the better a priority, and make your health a priority now. Most people wait till Monday, well Monday is tomorrow, so just do it!