By: Annmarie Statly
We certainly live in crazy, busy times! No one is immune to being limited for time, whether you are a college student, stay at home mom raising young kids, working full-time…you get the point. It may seem impossible to keep fitness in the forefront but trust me, if you want it, it can be done.
First things first, exercising has to become a priority and part of your lifestyle. Once you have these two parts it becomes a tad bit easier – not EASY, but easier.
Try any of these ideas to cram that workout in:
- Schedule a workout. Sometimes literally writing something down in a planner or on your to-do list will help you enforce accomplishing it so you can cross it off your list. You also won’t forget to actually do it! This helps schedule your workouts through the week too, because if you’re over the top busy on Monday, skip that day and schedule a workout for Tuesday.
- Workout first thing in the morning. Okay, I know many of you will be thinking “No Way!” But, once you exercise in the morning a few times you will find out it actually is genius. You get your workout out of the way first thing so other things that come up throughout the day can’t derail you. You will have more energy throughout the day and you won’t have to shower twice (once in the morning and again after your workout!).
- Use workout DVDs. This may seem old school, but all the work is already planned out for you. You just put it in and follow along! And these are professionals who put these together so you will get an awesome workout, trust me. Just give P90x3 a try – one of my absolute faves! 30 minutes high-intensity and you’re done. https://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/p90x3-workout.do
- Efficient workouts. If you don’t like videos try workouts that take care of two body parts at once, like squats and bench press. Opportunities are endless and you can find various workouts all over the internet and in health and fitness magazines.
- Just move. On days you literally can’t spare a second, take the stairs, get up and walk periodically throughout the day, stretch in the evening, etc. Simply get your body moving.
Some days will be easier to fit in exercise than others, I find scheduling workouts for the entire week works for better for me. Don’t beat yourself up, try to find workouts you enjoy – this is the best way to make it part of your lifestyle and to become consistent.