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The Martyr Excuse: Time For Everyone But You.

You need to make time for yourself to make the most of your time for others.

Over the years, I’ve become quite accustomed to hearing exercise excuses. Indeed, there are as many excuses for avoiding physical activity as there a people in the world. However, few of those excuses are as convincing as the ‘martyr excuse.’

It goes something like this:

I’d love to exercise but I just don’t have that luxury. I’m busy with work. Sometimes I have to put in 50 or 60 hours a week, or even more. I even work on Saturday’s, too. And when I’m not working, I’m taking care of my sick mother who just drains me of all my energy. I don’t have time exercise.

In more words, the martyr excuse says, “Poor me: I can’t exercise because I make time for everyone and everything but myself.” While it may sound outwardly convincing – and perhaps even worthy of sympathy – it’s indicative of delusional logic.

First and foremost, exercise doesn’t require require a lot of time. While no one can “find” time for exercise (when was the last time you discovered an extra 30 minutes in your day?), everyone can create time for exercise. Yes, it may mean shifting priorities – but, at the end of the day, all of us can schedule 30 minutes a few times each week to get our heart rates up. As I’ve said before, if president Barack Obama can find time to exercise, then you can, too.

Second, if your life is really about serving other people, then you must recognize that you serve others best when you are the best, strongest and healthiest version of yourself. Exercise improves mental clarity, increases energy, decreases your risk of illness and disease and provides innumerable other benefits. By skipping out on exercise, you’re not delivering on your full potential. You need to make time for yourself to make the most of your time for others.

So, I don’t buy it. If you’re really the martyr that you claim to be, you’d recognize the important role of exercise in fulfilling your responsibilities. Though the martyr excuse is outwardly convincing, it doesn’t hold up – and it doesn’t make sense.

So let’s stop letting it sabotage our exercise routines.