Hands up if you lead a busy life? I sure do!
When our schedule becomes crowded, fitness usually falls off the wagon first. It’s not always that you or I don’t want to train – it’s that we genuinely can’t find the time, right?
No matter how hectic your day, I’m sure you can spare me 3 minutes to read my blog on 5 ways to squeeze exercise into a busy schedule.
Here’s how …
- Prepare the night before
Exercise is probably the last thing on your mind before you go to bed. Don’t worry, I’m not about to suggest you hit the floor and bang out a set of burpees before your head hits the pillow. All I want you to do is pack your gym bag and schedule in your workout for the next day.
Have you ever made sandwiches the night before so you could grab ‘em and go in the morning? Or set out your work clothes? Well, start doing the same with your gym gear. If you’ve got your kit with you, you’ll be far more inclined to squeeze in a workout on your lunch break or after work. Remember the saying “fail to plan, plan to fail”.
- Make exercise the first thing you do each day
Do you set a reminder to shower and brush your teeth in the morning? Of course not ! It’s automatic and so ingrained into your routine you do it without thinking. Try fitting in 5-10 minutes of exercise immediately after getting out of bed. A few lunges, squats, or pushups will do. At this stage, all you’re trying to do is build good daily habits one baby step at a time. After a week, up the duration to say 10-15 minutes. Pretty soon you’ll be getting your daily exercise fix.
- Turn your commute into your workout
In practice, not everyone can jog or cycle to work every day – aside from the time it entails, most offices aren’t equipped with showers and changing facilities. There’s nothing to stop you working up a sweat on the way home though! Try jumping off the bus or train a few stops early or parking your car a little further away. With your favourite tunes pumping in your ear and your feet pounding the tarmac, rush hour is transformed into the most productive hour of your day.
- Make exercise your job
It’s time you started making a mental shift and viewing exercise as an unskippable extension of your job because guess what? Exercise is critical to your job. Here’s why …
When you work out, it increases blood flow to your body’s tissues – including your brain. Not only does exercise make you feel better, but it makes you think more effectively too. Start scheduling workouts into your calendar as if they were a meeting or important conference call.
Also consider hiring a personal trainer like myself. This will force you to schedule sessions into your calendar, and make you accountable to me! If your interested in booking a free one-to-one session call or text me now on 07748298728. No time like the present!
- Less is more
Sometimes less is more and just as effective! No time to slog it out on the treadmill for an hour? No problem. Think about doing some HIIT sessions, intervals, or cross fit!
Everyone’s busy but no one’s too busy to look after their number one asset – their health. So get a game plan together my friend, and make it happen.
With love, Gaynor x