How the heck do people find time to exercise?

I do it more for my sanity than my vanity

I’ve always preached, “you have to make time to exercise regularly!” It looks like I’m going to start eating my words because it has been so difficult for me these past few months.

Like all of you, I work a full-time job and I can’t seem to find time work out. I can’t even imagine what parents do! It’s the first time when I literally don’t “have time.” I really enjoy what I do at work. Combining that with the fact that there’s so much to do, it is ridiculously easy to stay at work for 10-12 hours a day. My round trip commute of 2 hours mean my weeknights are pretty nonexistent. In my ideal world, I’d leave work at 5pm, head to the gym for a solid workout (1.5 hrs) and spend the rest of the night spending time with my boo, cooking a healthy dinner, and vegging out in front of the TV. But that’s not the case!

The reality is that during the past few weeks, I’ve been very inconsistent with my workout routines. In order for me to work out daily, something’s got to give: my well-being, my time with my friends and family, and my time at work. It would be arrogant of me to leave work early when deadlines loom and work remains to be done. It would be selfish of me to forgo time at home each night. But I can’t just not work out and take care of myself! So what do I do when I have so many priorities? Something’s gotta give.

I’m currently trying out a new plan:

  • Leave work at a reasonable hour but log back on later to finish more work. This gives me time to spend with my family or exercise
  • Exercise less frequently during the week (goal 2-3 weeknights)
  • Work out on the weekends (non-negotiable)

In the future, maybe my work hours will improve; my commute, reduce; my gym time, increase. But for now, I have to balance my commitment with work, family, and me-time. It’s not ideal but I’m trying my best. I have to remember that my sanity is a top priority.

I can do this.

Thomas Ngo, RD
Registered Dietitian
Facebook–The More You Ngo


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