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💡 Question: “Steve, it’s easy for you to exercise every day because you don’t work. I still work for a living. It’s not so easy for some of us, ya know…”
This question came from this email where I talked about feeling 14 again after dropping 25 pounds of fat in nine weeks.
And you know what? It’s true.
One of the beautiful things about financial freedom is controlling your time. My wife and I both workout six days a week.
We don’t have full-time jobs to contend with.
We can work out whenever we want, for as long as we want.
But here’s a minor detail I omitted from my weight loss journey…
Millionaires Find The Time
It wasn’t always this way, ya know.
For the last ten years of my career (2007 to 2017), I worked out like a maniac every day after work. And then again, most weekends.
I haven’t always been financially free.
I worked an often stressful job in information technology, requiring long hours and lots of headaches.
And yet, I still kept exercise a part of my life. It was crucial.
In my new book, Millionaire Habits (available for pre-order at Amazon), I discuss why health and fitness are crucial components of millionaires.
One study found that nearly 80% of millionaires exercise at least 30 minutes daily. Yes, it’s that important, and the numbers prove it.
Here’s some tough love: Making excuses for not having time to work out won’t help. Instead, let’s talk about how you can find the time.
Step 1: Make health and fitness a priority.
I don’t care how much you talk about getting into shape – if it’s not a priority, it won’t happen. This step is 100% mental.
Here’s what you should do: Finish reading this email. Then get up, find a mirror, look yourself in the eyes, and tell yourself that your health is your #1 priority for 2024. Say it out loud. Yell it if it is socially acceptable. 🙂
Step 2: Schedule it.
Here’s where most people fail.
They don’t schedule their workouts. They hit the gym when they “have the time.” The problem is that something always comes up, and that something gives you a reason not to go. To say, “I’ll do it tomorrow.“
Just like you would schedule a doctor’s appointment or coffee with a friend, you need to schedule your workouts into your day.
I worked out after work. I would come home, change, and drive to the gym. I didn’t have to think about it. It worked because it was a habit.
For a while, I worked out with a coworker during lunch. This works, too. Others prefer to work out in the morning before the day gets started.
It doesn’t matter when. Decide on the best time to go. Then go.
Step 3: Find accountability.
Find a friend who will call you a lazy bastard if you even hint at skipping the gym. A gym accountability partner is a great way to keep motivated.
That coworker I talked about in step 2? He was my accountability partner. We’d even work out together on the weekends sometimes. He had a wife and two kids, worked the same stressful job I did, and he still made it to the gym because I was his accountability partner.
Partner ideas: Coworkers. A friend. Your spouse. Even your kids if they are old enough. Or, hire a personal trainer to keep you motivated.
Bottom line: It will be easier for some of us than others. But that goes for practically everything in life. Don’t give yourself an excuse.
After all, we’re talking about your health. Your body.
How important is your health to you?
See you in your inbox on Saturday,