Barrier 3 Lack of time

Online workshop participants shared 248 contributions to explore issues and solutions related to a perceived lack of time. Analysis of these contributions revealed two core themes:

Core Theme Total Contributions % of Total Contributions
Seizing every opportunity to be active



Time management



Core theme 1: Seizing every opportunity to be active

Aggregate narrative

I am overwhelmed by all the demands of life and also fail to see my daily activities as an opportunity to be more active. It would be helpful if I:

  • walk more,
  • take the stairs instead of the elevator,
  • do a 5-7 minute workout during my breaks at work,
  • replace car journeys with walking, and
  • build up my strength gradually by doing short periods of exercise.

Example evidence and solutions

  • Title: Walking
    “I try to walk as much as I can. You can even make this a family ritual, but taking the whole family for a long walk on weekends.” (16 likes, 0 dislikes, 2 comments).
  • Title: Every little step counts
    “I am a single parent with two kids and a full-time job. At all times I am either handling the kids or I’m at work. So instead of going to the gym, I try to walk or cycle instead of taking the bus. Or I take the stairs instead of taking the elevator. I think every little step counts.” (10 likes, 0 dislikes, 0 comments).
  • Title: Incorporate exercise into everyday life
    “Exercise shouldn’t be an add-on to life. Make it part of everyday life.  If you can walk or cycle to work, school, college, or the shops.” (6 likes, 0 dislikes, 0 comments).

Core theme 2: Time management

Aggregate narrative

It’s hard to manage my time properly. It would help if I schedule my exercise time into my calendar and commit to these times but this is usually impossible.

Example evidence and solutions

  • Title: Make a timetable
    “It probably sounds naff but I actually did draw up a weekly timetable for myself, where I put in designated times for gym activity. This helped me navigate through the various competing priorities in my life and meant that I had no excuse for not working out, as it was programmed into my day and I could see that I did have time to do it.” (6 likes, 0 dislikes, 1 comments).
  • Title: Timetabling
    “I have started booking in exercise slots in my diary, as with other meetings and commitments, with a start time and finish time. I look at them in the same way as all my business meetings” (5 likes, 0 dislikes, 0 comments).