How to get in a workout when you’re busy

Doesn’t it always seem like life is flying by? Something is always going on and it always seems like there’s a thousand things to cross off your to-do list. With such a hectic work week, it’s hard to remember take time for yourself. Before I started working out routinely I always used the excuse, “I’m too busy to make time to go to the gym..” or “When I finally get home the last thing I want to do is go for a run.”

There will always be a reason not to do things.

Something will always get in your way if you let it.

Here are some tips to getting past that:

  • Find exercises that you enjoy!

If you hate running, then don’t run. It’s as simple as that! You’re never going to keep up with something that you absolutely dread all day long. If you enjoy bike riding, fast walking, or group classes then do those instead! There will always be time for improvement. As you continue to work towards better health, you’ll ultimately get in better shape! Once your endurance and strength improve you’ll find that those tough exercise you used to hate, will be a little easier! Maybe you’ll even eventually enjoy them 🙂 One step at a time though…

  • Find the right motivation!

Of course some activities burn more calories than others — but that shouldn’t be what motivates you to exercise regardless! Of course every one wants to look his/her best, but exercising to be healthy rather than looking a certain way will be more fulfilling and keep you motivated longer. If you’re always worried about counting calories burned then you’re not focusing on the larger aspects and benefits of exercising. Try not to worry about any immediate results. It doesn’t matter if you lose one pound this week like you diet book tells you. What does matter is your overall health.

  • If you only have a half hour, don’t try to fit in running a marathon

The main point here is to be realistic. Don’t try to cram in too much! Just remember, if you’re not looking forward to exercising — you aren’t going to do it! It really is as easy as that. After lunch, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park far away so you’re forced to walk to your car. Every little bit helps! If there’s a show on TV that you have to watch, stretch or do some ab work while you’re watching. There are infinite possibilities.

  • Stop making excuses!

As Nike would say, you just have to do it! It’ll be hard, but eventually it’ll become habit — then you’ll actually enjoy exercising. Try waking up before work to exercise. Walk or go to the gym at your lunch break! There’s always time available — if your using this reason chances are you are really lacking motivation rather than time. Find a work out buddy. Whether it’s a spouse, coworker, friend, or pet — having someone there with you will always make working out more enjoyable 🙂

We work a lot of overtime at work. Typically on those days I find it’s hard to get to the gym. Last night I decided to go with a throw back of Jillian Michaels’ Banish Fat Boost Metabolism. Clearly there were some muscles I’ve been neglecting for some time. I’m sore today! Way to go 45 minute DVD work out!

Nice and Sweaty!

What motivates you?

What exercises do you fall back on when you’re really busy?

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