If you have in your mind a list of healthy activities that you wish were a part of your daily life, and along side of those things you also have a list of things that you need to buy or build in order to begin doing them, then there’s a very good chance that you will never do anything on that list.
With that mindset, it’s rare that any of your fitness goals will become important enough to not only move to the top of your list, but also jump over and displace another priority off the budget/time list. So instead of trying to force that change to happen, why not try adjusting your idea of what your healthy activity list looks like.
For instance: If you know you need to be walking but can’t afford a treadmill, try parking at the back of the parking lot anytime you go somewhere and walking to the store from there. You can even add a short walk around the block or at a park on your lunch break. In the end, you’ll probably end up getting more done this way than you would if you had a treadmill sitting in your garage.
Another example: You want to get a gym membership and work out more, but you don’t have the money or time. Try buying a Yoga mat, a fitness DVD and a couple of hand weights. Then, wake up 30 minutes earlier and start your day with some light exercise. That 30 minutes of effort will add up to major progress over time and is infinitely better than doing nothing at all. The point is, instead of having a list of wants and excuses, why not apply a little creativity in adjusting those goals to actually fit into your life. Nobody ever said, “Man, I really regret that workout.”