Abandon the distractions, put down your work, leave the kids, or climb out of your warm bed. Whatever you have to pause, do so. Just for an hour.
Get out of your head. There isn’t one thing in your head that won’t be made better by you spending an hour in the box, an hour in your body instead of your head. Put down your worries and pick up the barbell.
You think you don’t have time for yourself. You’re so busy, so laden with responsibilities, so burdened with obligations. You can’t possibly afford 60 minutes to sweat and swear and laugh. 60 minutes to feel worse, so you can feel better. How could you possibly take that time?
But you are the only person with you for your entire life. You’re the only person in your head 24 hours a day. (Imaginary friends and characters do not count.) You don’t only deserve one hour out of 24, the people in your life deserve it too. Yes, the source of many of those responsibilities you have—those people you love—will actually benefit from a happier, healthier you. You know this somewhere deep inside, but you tend to forget it, or ignore it. Our society praises busy, and so busy becomes its own end.
Be smarter than that. Get to the gym. The road to better doesn’t run through your couch, or your appointment calendar. The road to better runs through you.
“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe