8 Ways To Stay Fit On A Hectic Schedule With 'The Shrinking Violet'!
Feel like you never have enough time to get in a work out? You’re not alone.
There’s nothing worse than having major health and fitness goals compromised by that little annoyance blocking up our day... That’s right, I’m talking about full time work. Unless you’re in Sweden where they have started shifting to a 6 hour work day, most of us are spending more time than ever racking up hours at work with no time left to do the things we love.
Not only does it compromise how we choose to spend our spare time but as a result we are less likely to make good choices when it comes to food and skip out on more workouts!
Sick of making excuses for yourself and just want to get down to business?
Check out these tips on how you can get more movement into your busy routine!
1. Get Organised
Organisation is my top key when it comes to accomplishing any goals you set yourself and were a huge part of the reason I was successful when it came to my own weight loss journey. Getting up early for the gym in the morning? Make it easier on yourself by having your activewear laid out and gym back ready to go. Having food prepped and ready also helps when it comes to time management - a little extra time in the kitchen one day, will free up time the next for you to make movement part of your everyday routine!
2. Take Scheduled Classes
I find it a lot easier to go to a scheduled class because I know that I will get the best workout I can in a small amount of time instead of procrastinating about ways to avoid the treadmill or which weight machine I’ll use next. This makes sure I stay on target and I know what time I will be finished, giving me the ability to plan around it. Less time standing around doing nothing, more time working on my fitness. Win!
3. Lunch On-the-Go
Lunch breaks are a great block of time to utilise to your advantage. Eating doesn’t usually take up the whole break, so for the remaining time, get active! Go for a walk around the block and break out of the chair that’s moulded to your butt after a morning of work. If you’re one of the lucky ones with an hour long lunch break, you could definitely get in a quick half hour sweat sesh.
4. Make the Time
Being healthy takes commitment. Until you start making the time, it’s not going to get any easier. Schedule your exercise in and make sure that you don’t compromise. Exercise is beneficial for both physical and mental health so think of it as health insurance! Put it in your planner and don’t let anything be scheduled over it.
5. Incidental Exercise
Probably the easiest way to get in additional movement with little sacrifice to time - incidental movement! This is as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking in the furthermost car park away from the supermarket or parking 10 minutes walk from work. Movement is movement and it all adds up! Getting up every hour if you’re in a sedentary job is great too, even if it’s just to circulate around the office a couple of times.
6. Active Friends
Combine workouts with catch ups! Instead of sitting down for a coffee, suggest that you and your pal go for a walk. That way you can catch up with the latest whilst getting in some exercise. Walking is a great, low intensity fat burner and an excellent way to get in some fresh air!
7. Home Workouts
Don’t have the time to get to the gym? Jump online and find some at home workouts! YouTube has a home workout suitable for all interests. Whether you want to do yoga, HIIT or bodyweight exercises, YouTube has something that will cater to all. Check out Blogilates if you need a place to start!
8. Weekend Fun
Weekends are the perfect opportunity to spice up your mundane workout routine. Keep things interesting and utilise time on the weekend to go somewhere new and exciting. I love to research different trails in my area. Not only can I go for a longer walk, but I have discovered some pretty amazing spots while doing so! Make a fun day out of it by taking friends and food along, too.