Being busy is something that most people deal with most days of the week. Between work, kids, spouses, pets, and actually having some time to relax and be social, it is hard to find time to work out and get decent exercise. You know that something must give, but your workout routine should not be it.
Exercise is essential for your health, and you need to make sure that you are finding time at least three or four times a week to work out for at least 30 minutes. Below you will find tips on how to squeeze a workout into your busy schedule.
Join a 24-hour gym
Being a gym member can come with many perks, but it can also be a considerable expense so make sure it is feasible and affordable before you join one. Once you know that, you can be sure to find a gym that is open 24 hours, has the proper equipment and showers. Also, make sure it is either close to your home or your work so you can get there within minutes. Always make sure to have a gym bag with you or get a locker at the gym where you can keep the stuff you need. That will make it pleasant to get a workout in before work, during lunch, or after work. Do this before work, and you can wear your gym clothes there, do your exercise, shower, and get ready for work.
Jog your commute
Give yourself plenty of time and jog with your kids to school or jog to work. Where you live will depend on how easy this option can be, but if you are within five miles of school or work, you can jog there instead of driving. Make sure to have some cleansing wipes, deodorant, and body spray to use before you start working.
If you have an office job and find yourself sitting more than you are standing, you can do a lot of exercises right at your desk, like using a body ball chair instead of a regular chair. Check out our article on desk workouts for more tips.
Just like a critical meeting, add your workouts into your calendar. This way, you are reminded to do them.
Exercise when your kids do
When your kids are at an activity like karate or softball practice, use that time to go for a run. This way, you get your fitness on while they do.
Get up early
Waking up early before anyone else does is a great chance to get some alone time and do a workout at the same time. Set your clock for 45 min early a few days a week and get your workout in.
Make it a date night.
Yes, plan a date night with your partner and add in fitness. Go for a run together or spot each other at the gym. Follow it with a good dinner and conversation, and look, you did it all.
Don’t wait for anything.
People spend so much time just waiting for things like the subway, a taxi, the food in the oven. Don’t just wait around. That is the perfect time to jog in place or do counter pushups. Don’t waste any time just waiting for things when you can use those times to be mobile.
Finding time to exercise with a busy schedule can be difficult but not impossible. Remember that your health and fitness are essential, and you owe it to yourself to make time for it.
Author/Weight Loss Coach
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