When I first started my fit dad fitness journey five years ago, the greatest obstacle I had to overcome was a lack of time.
Let me rephrase that: The greatest obstacle I had to overcome was what I perceived to be a lack of time.
As a husband, a father, and a professional, I kept getting hung up on how I was going to fit in my trips to the gym. This had always been my stumbling block, as it is with many guys looking to get fitter and healthier.
The reality was that I simply had not made it a priority over other things in my life, and so the time to workout appeared to be nonexistent.
But five years ago, my health and fitness became a priority for me, and guess what? I found the time. Funny how that works.
For me, two things were roadblocks to finding the time to workout:
- I didn’t want to workout after work because a) the gym was so busy at that time, and b) my energy was waning by the time I got off work, and I wanted to have energy for my family at home, which brings me to my second roadblock:
- I wanted my gym time to affect my time with my family as little as possible.
So, here’s how I made the time to get to the gym, while still being a husband, a father, and a professional:
1. Woke up earlier
This one is a “duh” answer, but it’s the truth. I just committed to waking up earlier.
If I wanted to keep my time with my family at a maximum and still get to the gym, my only two options were to either workout after everyone went to sleep at night – which, as I mentioned above was not ideal for me – or workout before everyone got up in the morning.
I chose the morning.
I told myself there would be no hitting the snooze button, and in five years, I haven’t touched that button once.
That also meant I had to get to bed a little earlier as well. So instead of staying up late to watch Conan, I went to bed.
I found out that a morning workout is the perfect way to start my day. It gets me going, I feel super energized afterwards, and I feel like I’ve already accomplished so much before the sun is even up.
And also because I want to be completely real with you, I want you to know that I also started taking a preworkout as well to help wake me up and get the juices flowing for my morning workouts. I held off for as long as I could because, well, frankly I was not too crazy about the idea of my skin getting that tingling, crawling sensation. But honestly, it’s never been a bad thing, especially not after I began my workout.
2. Stopped watching as much TV
I was never a big TV watcher anyway, but I do like Seinfeld re-runs, The Big Bang Theory, and Conan.
However, this one wasn’t hard for me to adjust to. I simply stopped watching as much TV. Not a big deal for me.
But again, my thinking was that by not watching those TV shows as much, it meant I was either spending more time with my wife and kids, or I was going to bed on time to get the rest my body needs.
Now that my kids are older and I’ve darn near perfected my routine, I do watch a bit more TV now, but if I needed to, I could cut TV out entirely and be just fine. It’s all about priorities, man.
3. Showered at the gym
I gotta tell you, this one was a major stumbling block for me. I’m a guy who loves his long, hot showers, and the idea of giving up my shower time at home in exchange for the locker room shower was almost a deal-breaker for me.
But, by showering at the gym after my workout and heading straight to work after that, I saved myself roughly 30 minutes each day.
That meant I had to pack my gym bag the night before, get a pair of shower flip flops (there is not a chance I’m barefooting it in the locker room shower), pack my meals for the next day, and figure out some on-the-go breakfast options that I could eat either quickly at home without making a lot of noise, or on my way to the gym.
It also meant that I started shaving the night before, as I didn’t want to shave at the gym and take up that much more time in the morning.