If You're Too Busy To Work Out – Maybe We Can Help
So, you're just too busy to work out. We've covered this topic in previous blog posts, but we're revisiting it with a few more ideas that may help. Everyone is busy. Every single one of us is overscheduled, overworked and overstressed. Every one of us also knows that exercising regularly could help to alleviate many of the side effects of our overcrowded lives. We're all well aware that physical exertion is not just good for our bodies, adding greatly to the quality of our lives, but it also clears our minds and lowers our tension level. Exercise is the ultimate win, win, win. BUT ... and it's a big one ... where do we find that extra 30 to 60 minutes in the day to accomplish what we know will make our lives better but we just don't seem to have the time to get it done? That question is right up there with "What is the meaning of life." But, we think this one is a little easier to answer if you give it some serious thought. So, we hope this helps.
Make Time In The Morning To Work Out
There is no better way to start the day than by getting your workout done. The reality, however, is that it can be tough to squeeze a workout into a busy morning schedule. There are ways to make it happen, though, if you use your imagination and put in a little extra effort on the planning side. That's what we're going to explore here.
- Get a good sleep – If you wake up feeling tired and sluggish, you are not going to want to work out. Try getting to bed at the same time every night and avoid your computer or TV for an hour before sleep. This should help you fall asleep faster.
- Shower once – Don’t hop in the shower until after you have exercised. Showering twice wastes water, can potentially dry out your skin, can will add "prep" time to your day.
- Try out a simple new look – Ease up on the number of beauty products you use and talk to your hairdresser about going with a style that is easy to maintain. You’ll free up a lot of time and may actually enjoy the more casual look.
- Keep all your exercise gear in the same place – For example, have your gym bag packed and in your car, or have your bicycle helmet sitting by the front door.
- Lay out your clothes in advance – Rather than spending time in the morning trying to decide what to wear, lay out your clothes before you go to bed.
- Eat at work – While it's certainly nice to sit and eat breakfast at home, you can save time by having a protein shake or yogurt once you arrive to work.
- Ask your family for help – Positive life changes are easier when you have people on your side cheering you on. Ask your family to play their part in your success by picking up some chores and tasks around the house.
A Few Tips For Your Morning Workout
- Get to the gym early – If things have opened up in your area, and you're able to use your gym, to get your workout in while beating the crowds, head to the gym early. The more motivated people tend to be there at that time, so perhaps their dedication will rub off.
- Work out at home – If you’d rather exercise at home, there are many ways to do so, including finding great exercise routines on YouTube.
- Clean house – It may seem tired and trite by now, but you really might be surprised at how many calories you can burn by cleaning your house. Mopping the floor can burn 200 calories per hour, whereas more physical activities, such as shoveling snow, can burn up to 400 calories per hour.
- Join an exercise class – You may be more likely to exercise if you join a class that has a set schedule. There are usually plenty of different classes available at your local community center, many of which may even be free.
- Exercise at work – More and more companies are investing in the health of their employees by offering wellness programs. If your workplace don’t have one, you could always bring up the idea to your boss.
- Visit your local park – Exercising outdoors when you live in the city is as easy as visiting your local park. Most parks have walking trails and other fitness activities available.
- Hit the water – Many new gyms have pools but you probably also have access to a public pool in your area. Swimming and water aerobics are great ways to burn calories without putting a lot of strain on your joints.
Too Busy Can Sometimes Be Too Convenient
It's an easy trap to fall into. You put off your workout, just for today, because you have a really tight schedule. You'll make up for it by working out harder or longer tomorrow. But somehow tomorrow gets over-scheduled too. And pretty soon, you're looking back at a week or a month, or longer without a workout. Don't convince yourself that there is "just no time" for you to work out. Spend the time and effort required to plan for and create the space for your fitness routine, whatever it may be. Then, make it happen.
RX Fitness Equipment Is Here to Help
If you're trying to figure out how to stay fit on an impossible schedule and you'd like to discuss it with a professional, RX Fitness works with hundreds of coaches, personal trainers, and nutritionists. We'd be happy to refer you to one who can help. If you're looking for a great selection of fitness equipment and accessories of all kinds, we carry the top brands to fit every goal and budget and we're here to make your fitness routine more productive. Stop by our store in Thousand Oaks or give us a call. And don't forget to check out Tim's best-selling book, Fitness Equipment – A Shopper's Guide, available at Amazon and other online book sellers as well as in our store.
Contact Tim Adams for a free consultation or stop by the store and take something for a test drive. We’re here to help.