Trying to fit exercise into a busy schedule can be a nightmare, especially when you’re working full-time. Hauling yourself out of bed an hour earlier seems outrageous and by the end of the working day you’re tired, hungry and ready to relax. So what’s the best way to fit in some exercise when you’re constantly feeling run off your feet?
Create a workout schedule
Instead of trying to stick to the same routine, create a new exercise schedule every week. That way you can factor in any mid-week events that you might be attending and can also choose to mix-up your workouts to prevent boredom. Once you’ve organised your week, incorporate your workouts into your diary or planner so that you don’t accidentally double book yourself. Priorities, ladies!
Once you’ve scheduled in your workouts, commit to and follow through with them. Like Lorna Jane Clarkson advocates: think of your workouts like business meetings – they’re non-negotiable. So if working out five times a week is unrealistic, don’t commit to five times a week. Instead aim for three or four. Would you organise five business meetings if you knew you’d have to cancel two? No. And would you reschedule a business meeting because you couldn’t be bothered attending? No.
Preparing for an hour at the gym can be mentally challenging, so to break the barrier opt for shorter but more intense workouts. Half an hour is relatively easy to squeeze in early morning or late afternoon and research shows that high intensity training at shorter intervals burns more fat.
The best type of workout for someone that is constantly on-the-go is the one that they can do anywhere. There are hundreds of apps available for DIY exercise that can easily be performed while travelling or at home in the lounge room. The best part is that you get to experiment with all kinds of different exercises including pilates, HIIT, boxing and yoga. Who’d have thought?
Look at the bigger picture
Nothing worth having comes quick or easy, so you may need to reassess your goals if you think it does. Getting fit is mostly about consistency, so don’t be disheartened if you don’t notice any major changes straight away. Any exercise is better than no exercise and once you get into the swing of your new routine, the results will start to follow.