When you have a busy schedule or busy lifestyle including juggling work, friends & family; your mind will tell you there is no time to exercise. “You have too much work to do.” “Training takes too long.” “You need a break.” These are just excuses. Don’t listen to them. There is always time to exercise, you simply just need to plan it out.
Here are some tips to help you fit exercise into your busy schedule:
1. Train Smart
Walking & bodyweight exercises can be done anywhere and at any time. If you are too busy to get to your favourite training spot, train at home before you leave the house in the morning. Or train at night right after work or after you get home. Remember training sessions don’t have to take very long. You can train on your lunch break, and still have time to clean up before you go back to the office. If you have multiple workouts to do on the same day, do them back to back so you only have to shower once. The more efficient you can make your life, the more time you will have to train.
2. Take Your Work Out Gear With You
Once you’re home, its very difficult to find the motivation to get off the couch. If you have your exercise clothes with you, it makes training after work or school vastly easier. You will be less inclined to skip your workout, and you will feel a lot better when you finally arrive home after your training.
3. Schedule Your Training
Set every training session into your calendar, make exercise part of your schedule. Your health is not secondary to your job. You make time for training by putting it on your calendar.
4. Train With A Friend
Combine exercise with hanging out & you’ll save time. It helps ensure you won’t skip your training if you know someone is waiting for you. If you are tired or lack motivation, training with a friend gives you someone to compete against. When you compete with someone else, you tend to push yourself harder.
5. Track Your Workouts
Use an app or a notepad to record your workouts. As you watch your results improve; whether it be range of motion or training intensity, it will keep you motivated to train more and sometimes harder.
6. Stay Active
As a last resort, if you are unable to make time for a complete workout, just do some exercises whenever you have a minute or two. Do ten squats or pushups when you wake up in the morning. Do ten sit ups or lunges before you leave your apartment. Take a break at work and go for a walk, it may not seem like much while you are doing them but later you will feel the results.
You are not the only one with a hectic schedule. Instead of making excuses, they make time to train. Now we only need to figure out a way to adjust your schedule for training. The short & longtime benefits are worth the cost. Everyday you will have more energy & you will get more done, PLUS feel great.