Let’s face it, we’re all busy these days. Between work, family, friends, errands and social commitments, it’s hard to find time to fit in anything else. In fact, lack of time is the most common reason people cite for not working out. But since we all know how important it is to exercise regularly, it’s time to start finding ways to make time for doing something good for our bodies and our minds.
Try these 6 ways to find more time for fitness:
Take stock of your time inventory. Many people think they don’t have much extra time in their day, but if you pay attention to how you really spend your time over the course of a week, you’ll likely find you have more free time than you realize. Once you’re more aware of where that extra time is hiding, it’ll be easier to schedule your workouts.
Put it on your calendar. Just as you would any other appointment, adding your workout to your calendar makes it less likely you’ll over-commit yourself. It’ll also show others that exercising is a priority of yours.
Workout in the morning. If possible, try to get in a workout before the busyness of the day sets in. AM workouts not only make it less likely you’ll miss out on working out, but they’ll also provide an energizing way to start your day.
Use your lunch hour wisely. Make productive use of your lunch break by going for a walk or hitting a nearby gym. By doing this, you’ll get your workout in without taking any additional time out of your busy day.
Sneak in a workout while tackling your to-do list. Multi-tasking is a great way to get in all you want to do in a single day. Do squats while making dinner, toe raises while you’re on line at the supermarket or bicep curls while sitting at your desk (keep a pair of hand weights in your desk drawer). You can also walk around the house while talking on the phone or do jumping jacks during television commercial breaks.
Break it up. Can’t find a solid 30-60 minutes in your day to work out? Get it done in smaller chunks throughout the day. For example, do 15 minutes of jogging in the morning before work. Go for a 15-minute walk at lunchtime. Then do some plyometrics or dance around your living room for 15 minutes after dinner. You can even break your activity up into 10 minute intervals if that’s easier – it all adds up!