We are all busy and it can be hard finding time for fitness, but try these 7 tips to find time in your day to get in a great workout and make a positive step in the healthy direction.
Make it a PRIORITY! It’s easy to let excuses and every day activities get in the way of your fitness schedule. Too tired, too busy, too much to do – we have all been there. But if you want to make fitness a part of your life, you have to find time to make it a part of your life. Schedule your workouts just like you would any other important appointment like going to the dentist or getting your hair done. Write it in your calendar and block out time in your day to get it done.
Be Sneaky! Sneak fitness into your everyday chores and activities. Make small changes in your day like taking the stairs at work, walking to your co-workers office instead of emailing them, squatting while you fold laundry or cleaning the house at a brisk pace.
Play! If you have kids or pets, be active with them! Kid and pet free? Join a sport league. Working out doesn’t have to mean spending time in a gym. Taking Fido for a hike, playing tag with the kids or joining a backyard game of flag football counts too! Having fun with your fitness makes it seem like a less daunting task.
Wake up early. Getting your workout completed first thing in the morning means you will be less likely to be distracted by other responsibilities later in the day. Also, working out in the morning starts out your day with a sense of accomplishment and puts a little extra pep in your step.
Be prepared! If you know that you have limited time between getting up in the morning and heading out to the gym before you have to get to work, get in a routine of making sure your gym bag is packed every night before you go to bed. That way in the morning you will not be rushed or have to skip your workout because you aren’t ready.
Get into a routine. If working out during your lunch hour works best for you, try to stick to that schedule. Life does have a way of throwing a wrench in your plan every now and again, but changing up your routine too much leaves room for excuses to sneak in.
Instead of finding ways you CAN’T, try to find ways you CAN! Don’t “can’t” yourself to death. Anyone can find a million reasons why they can’t find time for fitness, but try to change up your thinking and try to find ways you can. Can’t workout for an hour every day? Then make the most of the time you can. Can’t afford a gym membership? Then go for a jog or walk outside and do body weight strength exercises? Focus on the positive of what you can do and try to eliminate the negative of what you can’t.
Written by Tera Busker, Twitter: twitter.com/FitnessToGo