There are weeks when finding time for a workout seems flat out impossible. I’m definitely guilty of skipping them when my life gets hectic, so I know just how hard it can be to find the time. Here are my tips for how to make your workout schedule work for you.
- Make It a Priority – Many times, my biggest issue is that I rank my workouts too low on the priority list. I’ll find myself organizing the sock drawer, while complaining about skipping my run. When the workouts are at the top of the list, I know to put off other activities that can be saved for another day.
- Schedule It – When I leave my workout times up in the air, I’m more likely to forget about them. Definitely pencil them in! On that same note, it also helps to schedule specific workouts. The more detail in your calendar the better. You don’t want to be stuck throwing together a lackluster workout on the fly.
- Learn to Break It Up – One huge lesson I’ve learned this past year is that working out is not an all-or-nothing game. If you’re pressed for time throughout the day, break your workouts up into manageable pieces. Go for a walk on your lunch break, lift some weights while dinner cooks, or do some squats while you brush your teeth. Be creative!
- Be a Team Player – A simple way to get a workout in is to incorporate it into time with family and friends. Do your kids love a certain sport? Play with them! If you have a friend that is a diehard fan of a certain group fitness class, tell her you’ll tag along. As an added bonus, being active together is a great way to bond with the people you love.
- Find Something New – When all else fails, find a new workout. The excitement of trying new things will more than make up for a lack of time. You’ll make time for something you love. Love the water? Try paddleboarding, kayaking, or surfing. Love the great outdoors? Hike, bike, or run on a new-to-you trail. The options are limitless.