Ramona’s Trainer: ‘I Just Don’t Have the Time’

By Peter San Nicolas

After being in the fitness business for 17 years, I have heard a lot of reasons for not starting a fitness program. Here’s my top 5 excuse list:

1. Money

2. Motivation

3. Spouse/kids

4. Not in Shape

5. Time

I’d love to address each of these, but we are going to focus on the last one, TIME! Just yesterday after a grueling 45-minute bike ride and 20-minute high intensity interval weight training session, two of the trainers at the club and I decided to eat a healthy sandwich at a local restaurant. In a matter of 20 minutes I had two people say to me, “When I have time, I’m going to get started on that fitness program.”

We have time for what we make time for. Did you know the average American household has its TV on for 6 hours and 47 minutes? You may not watch TV for 6 hours, but you probably watch at least 6 hours per week. Imagine what kind of shape you’d be in if you took half of your TV watching time and dedicated that to some sort of physical activity.

It just so happened that the same morning I heard this excuse I got a message from my friends at “Simple Truths” about time:

“If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400 — with no balance carried from day to day — what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank…time.

“Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as ‘lost’ whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can’t hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it. You can only use it — time.”

Here are six terrific truths about time:

First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.

Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.

Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.

Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time — pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.

Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.

Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.

Let me encourage you to stop using time as an excuse to start on your fitness program. This will be a life changing part of your life and deserves a portion of those 86,400 seconds of your day.

We all get the same amount of time each day. Why is it that some people get all the work, family and other priorities of the day done and still have “left over” time for their exercise program? THEY MAKE TIME FOR IT AND MAKE IT A PRIORITY.

Now is the time, Ramona. If you need help getting the most out of your exercise time, feel free to drop me an email or give me a call personally.

Peter San Nicolas, owner of Ramona Fitness Center at 558 Main St., may be contacted at 760-789-3500 or www.ramonafitness.com.

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