You start out with a fantastic plan to work out three, or maybe even four or five times in the next week. But, you stay up too late on Monday night responding to work emails and a dinner date pops up on Tuesday. By the time it’s Friday, you realize that you haven’t been to the gym once. I think we’ve all been there. I know I certainly have, which is why I want to share the things that I’ve found help fit in workouts when you’re busy.
Tip #1: Figure out the best time of day to work out for you and your schedule.
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Some people are morning people. Some people are night owls. Similarly, not everyone works a 9-to-5 job. To make sure that you fit in workouts when you’re busy, you need to figure out when is the best time for you to work out. I’ve found that waking up early and getting my exercise done for the day works well for me. (That way I don’t talk myself out of it later on in the day.) But, maybe you’re just dead in the mornings and have much better energy after work. Knowing your needs will help you find a schedule that you can stick to.
Tip #2: Put your workouts in a calendar.
When I’m feeling particularly crunched for time, I add my workouts to my calendar just like I add in my work schedule. Adding things in makes it easier for me to plan out my day and it makes it easier to just head to a yoga class instead of thinking through whether I can make it home to shower before work. Planning my week ahead of time allows me to just follow the schedule, which in turn makes it easier to get those workouts in.
Tip #3: Set an alarm.
If you’re not working out immediately after you wake up, set an alarm to remind you to get your workout in. Sometimes I’ll get sucked into the time vortex of Pinterest, and all of a sudden I don’t have time to get in my workout before my next appointment. So, I’ve been setting an alarm on my phone lately to remind me to go run or get to the yoga studio, and that alarm has been a huge help to me.
Tip #4: Split up your workouts.
Don’t have time to get in a longer workout? Try splitting them up! Sometimes it’s easier to fit two 15 minute workouts into a busy schedule than one 30 minute workout. And, good news—splitting things up and doing two workouts a day is just as good as a single, longer workout if you’re looking to stay healthy. Even runners training for marathons can split a long run every once in a while if they have to. So, if doing two-a-days helps you meet your fitness goals, awesome!
Tip #5: A short workout is better than no workout.
Don’t even have time for two short workouts in a day? Getting in any exercise is better than no exercise. If you only have time for a short workout, consider doing a high-intensity interval workout. Short HIIT workouts can actually be just as effective as longer, moderate or low intensity workouts.
What are your tips for fitting in your workouts?
Are you a morning or evening exerciser?