How to Fit In an Exercise Schedule in Your Already Busy Life
Summer is approaching and fast.
Do you feel disappointed because you haven’t been able to make it to a gym?
Or you didn’t stick to an exercise schedule because you’re just, too busy with a hectic life?
You’re definitely not alone. We’ve all been there. We thought we had time and it turned out we didn’t – other stuff just kept getting in the way.
Your parents were in town. Your kids needed extra tutoring. Your friends wanted to go out. Traffic was a nightmare.
I get it. Something, somewhere, somehow, comes up. It’s as if the universe doesn’t really want you to exercise.
Unfortunately, this is where you’re wrong! To help combat the universe, I’ve put together this guide to help you squeeze in an exercise schedule.
It’ll take some dedication, creativity, and flexibility, but squeezing in some kind of exercise is possible.
1. Make an Exercise Schedule and Stick to It
If you’re looking to exercise more, the first thing you need to do is make an exercise schedule and stick to it.
The biggest problem people face in their busy lives is making time to exercise. It’s a lifestyle change.
A fitness nut once told me: if you have time to watch TV, you have time to go to the gym.
If you really think you don’t have time, check out your schedule. If you are constantly moving so much that you don’t have time to watch TV or pursue other entertainment, fair enough.
But odds are, you have the time. You just have to find it.
2. Workout in the Morning
This isn’t the most popular choice when it comes to working out – at least, not at first. I know I don’t particularly love it.
Working out in the morning typically means getting up earlier than normal, giving yourself plenty of time to work out, shower, and get ready for your workday.
While it may be a drag to get up early, you no longer have the burden of trying to fit in an exercise schedule because you’ve already done it.
This means your life can mostly carry on as normal.
3. Workout on Sunday
Another unpopular choice because it’s Lazy Sunday. It’s the day we loathe because we’re back at work the next day.
So we’d rather spend it sitting around, doing nothing, and wallowing in the inevitable.
To make a Sunday workout even more successful, consider doing your least favorite exercise routine. This way, you start the week with your least favorite activity done and over with!
Plus, exercise releases endorphins. You could be saying goodbye to those Sunday night blues rather than wallowing in them.
4. Workout on Your Commute (If Possible)
Fitting this into your exercise schedule will depend on how you commute to places such as work.
If you’re fairly close by, you can consider:
There are 5 alternative ways for you to get to your workplace beyond your car.
If you live far enough that the distance would be daunting, consider parking further from work and doing one of the above suggestions to get you the rest of the way to work.
5. Get Out More
Weather permitting, there’s no reason to not get out more.
Go for a walk around the block. You can do this with your dog, kids, or partner. Go for a walk in a nearby park. Go for a bike ride.
Take up a new hobby like rollerblading/skating.
You don’t need to be outside for hours on end – just long enough to get you moving somehow.
You might even be able to add these workouts to your commute regimen.Besides, fresh air will do you good.
6. Workout During Your Breaks
During your breaks and your lunch, why not consider doing a couple of quick exercises?
This could be speed walking, stretching, or just walking around.
Pace while you use your phone.
If you’re stuck at a desk all day, this is a great way to give your head a rest.
Believe it or not, mental concentration is like using a muscle – it needs a break, too.
At least, that’s according to John P. Trougakos, an assistant management professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Rotman School of Management.
7. Build a Home Gym
Building a gym at home doesn’t have to be expensive.
Plus it’s a great way to fit in an exercise schedule that you can’t avoid.
There’s no travel and there’s no changing and prepping to go out in public.
Now purchasing any home gym equipment is an investment, so if anything might motivate you, it’ll be the investment you’ve made.
8. Keep the Kiddos Busy
If you have kids, not to worry. There are options for you.
Depending on how old your little one is, plenty of gyms offer kid room services so you can get your workout on.
If they’re old enough to be playing with friends or spending time with their own hobby, you can exercise during this time.
Or, if for whatever reason, you’re not looking for a gym, consider making your kids part of your workout.
If you have a baby, put your baby in a stroller and go for a walk. If your kids are a bit older, consider working out with them.
Make it fun and play an active game.
Get Your Planner Ready
After going through this list, try putting some ideas for an exercise schedule into your planner. This way, it’s written down so maybe you’re more likely to commit to it.
Remember, the greatest obstacle most likely standing in your way is you. But, you can do it.
Get creative and ease into it. It’s a big change and you don’t want to get burnt out.
When you feel like skipping a workout – don’t. It’s when you need it most to build a consistent workout routine.
Is there anything you do in your hectic life for a workout routine that wasn’t on this list? Make sure to share it with us in the comments!