A tight schedule can make getting the most mundane of tasks done feel like an undertaking to suit Hercules’ Labors, but keeping up a workable schedule for keeping fit doesn’t have to be that hard. With a bit of ingenuity, a bit of flexibility in your schedule, and a strong commitment to maintaining your health, finding the time to stay in shape isn’t impossible—it’s not even all that hard! These five tricks should give you the time you need to stay with your fitness routine in with a minimum of fuss.
How To Keep Up With Your Fitness Routine
Wake Up Earlier
Setting your alarm clock 30 minutes earlier—or not hitting the snooze button so many times—can give you plenty of time to get a morning jog in, go through a quick routine, or even get you into the gym for a quick session. Just make sure you match your time to your task; if you can’t do it safely in the time you’ve gained, don’t try to do it. Skipping warm-ups may be tempting, but the risk isn’t worth the reward.
Do you drive through terrible traffic on the way to work each day? Maybe a bicycle would get you there in the same amount of time. Do you take the elevator? Use the stairs when it’s feasible. Find yourself standing around waiting for someone or something on a regular basis? Do a few bodyweight squats (and hope no one is looking). And that’s just the small opportunities; if your workplace has a gym, head there on your lunch break—you can make up for the skipped meal with a dense protein shake afterward. Get shorter breaks throughout the day? Take a lap around the parking lot. What’s most important is committing to seizing the opportunities and doing so without fail.
Of course, sometimes you can kill two birds with one stone—there are plenty of activities a savvy individual can overlap with exercise if they put their mind to it. Need to go over a folder full of information? You can walk around the office, hit up the employee gym, or just do little exercises in your cubicle as you go over everything. Need to take the dog out for a walk? Take the dog out for a jog instead—it won’t mind! Watching your kids at the playground? Monkey bars are excellent for getting some nice, clean pull-ups finished. Just learn to think about what you can do with your body when your eyes and mind are otherwise occupied.
You might surprise yourself with how much room for a fitness regimen you have in your evenings, if you commit to it. After the kids are down for the count, get in a quick 30 minutes or an hour; if you need to be in bed soon, keep it low intensity and burn the energy. If you have some time, go all out—then put that burst of post-exercise energy to use when you get home, to make up for the time you spent working out.
Of course, one of the biggest difficulties with a tight schedule is making time for the other people in your life—but exercise and socializing don’t have to be mutually exclusive! Get the whole family out a few times a week for a nice bit of exercise, go on a walking date with friends, hit up the pool and work hard. There are plenty of ways exercise can be a fun group activity, so take advantage of the overlap!