This past week was rough – I mean, looking back, I only missed one or two days at the gym, but it felt worse than that. I started a new job and my new commute and schedule has really messed up my gym time.
I used to have a pretty sweet gig – I lived about three or four blocks from work, so I could sleep in pretty late, have breakfast, shower, change, etc, and take a 10-15 minute walk to the office every morning. I had also worked out things with my job so that I could take two hours in the middle of my day to go to the gym (that also meant coming in an hour early and staying an hour late, but it was worth it).
Going to the gym in the middle of the day was great. The gym was about a 15-20 minute walk from work. If you check out some of my Instagrams, you’ll see some shots of an empty gym. It was just me, the trainers, and a few women on the ellipticals and stairmills. I could take my time, do whatever I wanted when I wanted, because all the equipment was open.
Now, with this new job, I have to commute across the city. It’s not as bad as it could be – I used to live outside of the District, so I’ve had a pretty bad commute before). But still, a 45 minute bus ride across the city is pretty annoying. Plus, I’m out of easy-walking range of my gym. So things obviously have to change – do I go in the morning before work? do I go after work on the way home? do I go after I get home and eat dinner? do I change gyms so I can keep going in the middle of the day? I tried a couple of those this week and I think I’ve decided on the morning workout.
You know, I’ve gotten a lot of comments about my schedule and how much I workout. I get a lot of “I wish I had the time to go to the gym like you do,” or “when do you find time to relax?” or other stupid comments/questions. Look, I’m not one of these sponsored fitness dudes (yet :P) where all I do is workout and do fitness videos and get paid for it. I’m a regular guy – I work two jobs, I am a musician in a band that rehearses twice a week, I have all the normal responsibilities of an adult. So the question then – how do I have the time to go to the gym for a couple hours a day? Let’s go to the chalkboard…
24 hours in a day… minus 8 hours of sleep (on a good day)… minus 8 hours of a work day… minus (let’s say) two hours for commuting to and from work. That leaves you 6 hours to do whatever you want – WHATEVER YOU WANT! So how do I have the time to go to the gym for two hours a day? Because I get 24 fucking hours in a day just like every other human being on this planet. I just choose to use it at the gym instead of in front of the TV or napping or something else useless.
Don’t get me wrong, I still play video games, watch Netflix, and just relax, but it’s purposeful. I do that on my rest days (after a little cardio). But normally, I’m using my extra time to practice my guitar, learn a new language, study for a certification, or something else. Am I better than you because of how I spend my time? Well… maybe not yet… but I’m working on it.
Moral of the story: I’m no different than you. If you want to make a change, don’t act like you don’t have the time. And even if you don’t have the time, you will make the time for whatever is most important to you. If this is important, you will make the time.