Finding the time to exercise can be a real challenge. If your days and evenings are busy, busy, busy it can seem impossible to find the time to exercise……
Try getting up 30 minutes earlier twice a week or find a ½ hour exercise video on Youtube that you can do after work in the comfort of your own home. You could then take a brisk walk to the train station or bus stop or go for a brisk walk in your lunch break.
Here are a few suggestions on how to fit exercise into your life and more importantly how stick to your new routine.
Make a timetable for yourself – write it down – stick it to the fridge or put it on your phone and remind yourself that working out is a priority worth keeping. The truth is that when we really need to we can leave the office a bit earlier or get up an hour earlier.
2. Efficiency is the Key
Choose a workout that you can do almost anywhere, whether you’re travelling to or getting home from the office late. Ideally, this will be a form of exercise that doesn’t require much preparation (maybe save the rock climbing for the weekend) and that accomplishes significant physical gains in a short period of time (sorry, golfers). High-intensity interval training, bodyweight exercises and running are all great choices.
3. Do what YOU Like!
If you hate running or gym classes – that’s okay. We all need to be realistic and to know what our likes and dislikes are. Some people love running and other people love yoga, weight training or dancing. Make it easier on yourself by choosing a form of exercise that fits your lifestyle, personality and taste. Not sure what exercise you may enjoy? Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different forms of exercise until you find what works best for you.
4. Be Competitive!
Competiveness can be a motivator to exercise on a regular basis. Join a club or get your friends involved. It is possible to find a team or competitor suitable to your skill level in almost any sport you choose. Sign up, set a target and notice what it does to you-it might well be the push you need to keep yourself in the game.
5. Monitor it
Measuring your progress can help you to stay on track and show if you are slipping. Make a note in your calendar or check your timetable every time you work out, and add up your workout sessions at the end of each week, month and year and this will identify areas for improvement
6. Some is Better than None
We can all find a few free minutes in our busy days to fit in an effective exercise program which, when done frequently enough, will do wonders for our body and mind.