We know you’re busy, but living a healthy and active lifestyle should be at the top of your priority list. After all, being the person you want to be in the workplace, with family and friends and at home starts with taking care of you overall health. When you’re overscheduled (aren’t we all?) fitting fitness into your daily routine isn’t easy, but it’s completely doable with these 6 strategies.
1. Be a Planner
When you live a fast-paced, hectic lifestyle, it’s easy to get caught up with your other obligations, and fitness can become a low priority. Combat this by scheduling exercise into your day. Every Sunday, take a look at your agenda for the week. See where you can find gaps and pencil in a workout (or add it to your phone calendar and set yourself as “busy”). You may have to do some rearranging, but by looking closely at the hourly schedule, you’ll probably find it’s not tough to find timeslots for fitness.
2. Be a Multitasker
When there really isn’t time to schedule in a workout, get crafty! It all starts with multitasking; find ways exercise while doing other activities. For example, do workout routines while watching the news. Read work material while on a stationary bike or elliptical machine. Get in some jumping jacks while you’re waiting for your lunch to heat up in the microwave. The list is endless. Just give it some thought!
3. Make an Investment
Some people need an extra push to make fitness a part of their everyday lifestyle. Commit by purchasing a gym membership, personal training sessions or an exercise class package. The financial investment will make you feel more inclined to utilize it, so your hard-earned money doesn’t go to waste.
4. Set Up a Home Gym
After long workdays or when the weather is bad, you’ll find yourself making excuses not to head to the gym. But there aren’t any excuses when you have everything you need to work out right at home, such as weights, resistance bands, jump ropes, kettlebells and medicine balls. Or do a workout where no equipment is necessary at all. You can do high interval cardio and bodyweight strength training exercises without so much as a dumbbell. Find how-tos online.
5. Work Out With a Partner
Exercising with a partner can be the key to getting the most out of each workout you do. When you have a buddy, you to feed off their energy, while tapping into your extra strength reserves. Combine the fun of friendly competition and maximum effort to make exercise more enjoyable and to pass the time more quickly.
6. Remember: Quality > Quantity
Research shows it’s more important to focus on the quality of your workout than its duration. In other words, you’re better off doing a 20-minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) routine than spending 60 minutes on the elliptical at a constant, moderate speed. When you’re crunched for time, exert yourself to your maximum capacity to squeeze the most out of your abbreviated workout.