With a schedule this hectic, how in the world are you supposed to find the time for a daily workout routine?
Even though working out every day seems about as realistic as riding a unicorn, there are ways to fit a workout routine into your busy day.
Here are some ways that crazy-busy people carve out time in their days to workout:
Keep Your Daily Workout Routine Short
It’s great that you want to get a full-body workout in, but the unfortunate truth is that you don’t have the 1-2 hours it takes to do it. But, planning a shorter workout is effective for a couple reasons:
For one, you won’t be disappointed when you have to cut your workout short after 20 minutes. Instead, figure out how much time you think you can spare on a daily basis and set your workout for that amount of time. If it’s a half-hour or an hour–great! If it’s only 15 minutes, that’s okay too. You’ll be surprised at the workout you can accomplish in 15 minutes if you really try.
Shorter workouts are also good because they allow you to focus on specific muscle groups each time. Instead of a total body workout, focus just on abs one day, legs the next, and so on. You may even find that your workouts become more rewarding because you’re focusing on those body parts. If one exercise isn’t really working, replace it with an exercise you can feel.
Set Your Alarm For A Few Minutes Earlier
Yep, that’s right–set your alarm to get up earlier. Here’s why getting up a little earlier for a workout is a good idea:
- It boosts energy. Working out first-thing in the morning gets your blood pumping and helps to wake your body up in the morning. This will provide energy for pushing through the hectic day to come.
- You’ll get more done sooner. Working out when you wake up means you won’t go through the rest of your day wondering if you’ll have time for it. You’ll also be less likely to come up with reasons not to workout. Even better, when you get up early you may find that you have extra time to get other things done, too!
- Your environment is less distracting. Let’s face it–distractions are one of the main deterrents of exercising. When you wake up earlier, there are fewer distractions and you’re more likely to get your workout done. When the family is still sleeping, people aren’t buzzing around the neighborhood yet, and the phone’s not ringing, it’s a lot easier to complete your daily workout.
Find Small Gaps In Your Day To Workout
People who are successful at maintaining daily workout routines are good at finding time to exercise when it doesn’t seem like they have it. Most people feel like they don’t have any spare time during the day, but when you take a closer look, chances are good you can find time somewhere in your day to fit in at least 15 minutes of exercise.
Common times for people are late morning, lunchtime, and early afternoon. Everyone’s schedule is different, so it’s up to you to figure out when you have time. Try writing down what you do all day, to the minute, for a week and then look back at your routine to see when you have spare time. You’ll realize that you have more time than you thought.
Join A Daily Workout Program With A Group
Just as distractions are one of the barriers to sticking with workout routines, having accountability is important, too. When you’re the only one who cares whether or not you workout, you’re more likely to let yourself off the hook. But that changes when you join a group! If you start working out with others, you’re more likely to keep the promise of working out so you don’t let them (and yourself) down.
Make A Workout Routine Calendar
Whether you’re working out with others or not, it pays to plan your workouts ahead of time. Adding workout dates and times to your calendar is effective because seeing that you’re supposed to workout increases the likelihood that you’ll follow through with it. Plus, you won’t have to think through what exercises you want to on a given day; instead, you can check which workout day it is on your calendar and get started with it.
Another opportunity that a workout calendar provides is to track your results. Did you run an extra quarter-mile today? Jot it down and work towards another quarter-mile next time. Did you do 5 extra reps? Make a note, so you can try to beat it on your next workout day. Your workout calendar will become a master organization tool that you can use to plan, implement, and measure your daily workouts.
Take Workout Breaks During The Day (Bonus Benefit: Boost Productivity)
Believe it or not, taking a workout break during the day can actually improve your productivity. You’ve heard that it can be helpful to take a few minutes to stand, stretch, look away from your computer, etc. throughout the day. Some productivity experts even suggest taking naps during the day to improve productivity! Basically, dragging yourself through your daily tasks without taking a break to collect yourself can actually bog you down and decrease your ability to get things done. Taking a break helps you reset and enables you to put more energy into your day when you get back to it.
A workout can be a great way to re-energize and improve your productivity for the remainder of the day. Think about the part of the day where you start to drag–is it late morning? Right after lunch? Whenever you notice yourself starting to drag a bit, add your daily workout and notice two-fold results!
Make Your Daily Workout Work For You!
Being crazy-busy does make it difficult to workout every day. But, it doesn’t make it impossible. Whether you decide to wake up early and workout by yourself while the rest of the world sleeps or you join a group workout program at the gym, figure out what works best for you and make it happen. If you miss a day or two, that’s okay–pick it right back up when you can. No matter how busy you are, you can find a daily workout routine that works for you!