I get it. Fitting in a workout every day is tough. I know. I’m a mom to a < 4 month old. I work from home. I am kind of anal about housekeeping. I have friends and family to think about. I have responsibilities at church. The list goes on…But the reality is, we all have the exact same amount of time in a day – 24 hours, 1440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds to be exact. It all depends on how we use it. That being said, how can you maximize that time and still manage to fit in a workout. It’s not easy, and it does take some commitment. If you choose to do it, though, you’ll be able to fit it in and feel so much better doing it. I started doing actual workouts again when my daughter was right around 5 weeks old, so believe me it was no easy feat, but I was able to use a couple of tricks to get it done. And, since I’ve committed to working out daily since then, I’ve found getting the time to do it is slightly simpler now.
My Best Tips for Getting a Workout In on Any Schedule
Here are my best tips for fitting in that work out even when it seems like you don’t have the time.
1. Work Out At Home
Okay, so I know there are some of you who probably prefer working out at the gym or at least with other people, but when time is a priority, at home workouts is where it’s at. Had I tried to workout at the gym after my daughter was born, I would have wasted what time I had to get moving traveling to wherever it was that I was going to work out. So, if you’re in a season of busyness, consider opting for at home workouts.
2. Find a Moderate to High Intensity Workout
Again, with time at a premium, getting the most “bang for your buck” is essential. The best way I’ve found to get the most out of a workout is to select one that is relatively high intensity that way you can get your heartrate up, your sweat on, and your results showing without having to spend hours working out. I’m loving the 21 Day Fix workouts right now because they’re each right around 30 minutes, but I still feel like I get a good workout in that time. There are lots of other options, though, too, like HIIT workouts and other interval type sweat sessions.
3. Break It Up
So, if you’re super-busy, you may not feel like you even have the time to devote a solid 30 minutes to working out at a time. But, I bet you could fit in a good 10 minutes here and there. If this is the case for you, consider breaking up your workout into short 10 minute chunks. I’ve found lots of options for quick 10 minute workout breaks, and they still give you the same benefit of getting up and moving throughout the day. Just do your best to get at least 3-4 breaks in throughout the day to get the biggest benefit.
4. Schedule It
I’m sure you could pull out your calendar right now and show me a list of appointments that you have that you won’t break. So, why not invest in your physical health as much as you do in any other aspect of your life? (I got you there, didn’t I?) Make working out a priority and fit it into your busy day by scheduling a time for it each day. I like getting my workout done in the morning, so it’s on my “schedule” for 6:45-7:15 on weekdays. Sometimes that shifts a little, but because I know when my workout appointment is, it’s easier to get it done even when I have a million other things I could be doing.
5. Find Some Accountability
This is one of my very best tips for making any kind of lifestyle changes. If you are only accountable to yourself, it’s a whole lot easier to skip a day and then to let one day turn into two and two into five…If you’re checking in with someone on a regular basis, though, they’ll hold you to the commitment. Make a pact with a close friend, or let me work with you to keep you on track. I love finding new accountability partners and working together to be the best versions of ourselves that we can. So, get accountable, and start getting your workout done even though you’re busy.
I understand that it’s easy to let your workout be the first thing to go when you’re busy, but if you’re serious about getting healthy and seeing results, that should be the last thing you let go. Use my tips to fit a good sweat sesh into your schedule every day and get on the right track with your health. I’d love to help you reach your goals, so comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can chat! Remember, it’s not about how much time you have but about how you use it. So, make working out a priority, and fit it in!