If you have a busy schedule, it can be difficult to find time to work out. I understand! I had a full-time job, was a full-time student, and had two toddlers when I first started getting into fitness. Finding time to work out was difficult, but I was very motivated to get fit. I had goals that I was going to achieve no matter what. Here are a few things I have learned from both my life and my clients’ on how to exercise regularly when you think you do not have time.
1. Stop using busyness as an excuse.
You probably have obligations that can take time away from exercise. But remember that exercise can still be done! Do not let your life get in the way of improving your health. Most people are busy and can use that as an excuse. However, many people still find the time to head to the gym and you can too. Yes, it will be more difficult than someone who has an open schedule. And no, it really is not fair that some people can spend two hours in the gym every day. But you cannot switch places with them. You have to do the best with what you have. I am sure this is not a popular opinion, but it is true.
2. Decide your priorities.
How bad do you want this? Are you willing to wake up at 4 in the morning to go to the gym? If that is the only way to make it happen, then you need to do it. You have to take action to get a healthier body and mind. You are the only person responsible for your health and well-being. And guess what? You are worth it. But you have to actually want it. If you do not want to exercise, then you will not stick to the commitment.
If you have decided that you are not going to let anything come between you and a workout, then it is time to figure how to make workouts happen. You may work a regular 9-5 job and then shuttle children to activities every evening. You may work 2nd or 3rd shift and cannot figure out how to balance your fitness life with your work schedule. Or you may work more than one job and cannot see how you can add one more thing to your plate. If you are struggling with finding time to exercise, here are two ways to fit fitness into your schedule.
1. Workout at home.
If going to the gym is out of your budget or too far away, do not worry about it. Circuit training at home for 30 minutes every day is an extremely effective workout. You do not need to buy any weights either! If you want to invest in dumbbells or kettlebells, then go for it! But bodyweight exercises can get you fit in no time. Google circuit workouts and you will find more workouts than you could ever do in your life. Circuit workouts are also great because you can do them in small spaces so you do not need a dedicated gym area.
2. Be Flexible.
Find the time when you can. If you work 2nd or 3rd shift, go by your energy level. If you feel good enough in the mornings to work out, then head to the gym right after you get off work. If you are exhausted, then it is better to go to sleep and plan your workout for later in the day. If your schedule constantly shifts, do not stress. Your body does not care when you work out during the day. It cares about your consistency. If something comes up and you have to cut off your workout, that is okay. A 20-minute workout is much better than a 0-minute workout! Your body will benefit from any exercise, no matter when you do it.
Remember that fitness always comes down to this: your mindset and your attitude. You will succeed if you view your situation as a problem to be solved. There is always a solution but it might not always be one you like. Even if you do not like your solution at first, try it anyway. If you are diligent, then you will change your body and you may come to love your solution. Do not make the mistake of not taking control of your health. Choose to get fit, make the time, and break a sweat!