If you are like me and have a busy schedule each day, finding the time to workout can be a bit of a pain! For me, it has become second nature and I include my workout as part of my daily routine, however if you are just starting out this can take a little time to get used to. One of the first things you need to remember is that if you want to succeed in your exercise plan, you need to make it a priority. It is super easy to cancel your workout because you are running late at work, feel tired or have other plans come up - but if you keep doing this then you won't achieve your fitness goals!
Here are 4 ways to fit exercise into a busy schedule:
1. Wake Up a Little Earlier: Yep, you are going to have to set your alarm a half hour or hour earlier than normal, which will allow you to cross your workout off the list first thing in the morning. If you aren’t an early bird, you may have to start going to bed earlier, so that you still get enough sleep and don’t wake up feeling like a zombie. Another helpful tip is to have your exercise gear ready to go beside your bed. Stick with it, trust me! It gets easier and eventually becomes a part of your morning routine.
2. Squeeze a Quick Workout In: If you have a half hour or hour break for lunch, grab your sneakers and go for a quick walk around the block. Doing something little is better than doing nothing at all! Not only are you getting some exercise in, but it can rejuvenate you mentally as well. If you have stairs at your workplace, take them everyday instead of the elevator, and bust out some squats during your toilet breaks!
3. Skip The Drive: Instead of hopping in the car or catching public transport to go to work, consider walking, running or taking a bike. You’ll save on petrol costs, not get stuck in traffic and enjoy the fresh air and sights on your way to work. If you live too far from your workplace, think about driving or catching the bus some of the way and walking the rest.
4. Exercise WHILST Watching TV: Be an active TV watcher. Let’s be honest, there are days where all we do after work is go home and watch our favourite TV series because we have had a long day. So when you have settled down to watch your favourite hour of television, make sure your sneakers are on for some “ad” exercise. When the commercials start, make a point of doing some push-ups, sit-ups, squats etc. Doing a little bit with each commercial break can add up to almost 20 minutes in an hour long show!
I hope these small tips have helped, girls!
Love, Kayla xx