Hello divas! I hope that you have had a great start to the week. Mine has been a bit busy so far but pretty good. I have started to focus on preparing for my fall racing season so I am now trying to find the workouts that will both help me in my (at least) 2 remaining half marathons as well as allowing me to HAVE FUN and enjoy the journey. But with school starting back, full-time jobs, I know that it can be hard with all of our busy schedules and lives but it is so important to make it a regular part of your life. So today I am sharing 5 tips for finding time to workout.
Get motivated. I am a runner so it can be fairly easy to get motivated to get out and run – sign up for a race. If I have paid to run a race, I am more likely to force myself out the door. But a great way to make fitness a priority is to find your motivation whatever it is. It can be anything from losing weight to fitting into your favorite pair of jeans before that last baby to just getting healthy. Find it and post it EVERYWHERE to remind yourself why you are doing what your are doing. See also how to get your mojo back when you’re unmotivated.
Schedule it. Exercise has to be a priority in your day and it needs to be written or typed into your schedule as you would a doctor’s appointment, a meeting at work, or your children’s activities. Depending on how busy you are, this could be easier said than done. If you look at your day objectively, there is usually at least a little time that you can carve out for a workout. You can get up in the morning 30 minutes earlier, go for a run during your lunch break or even break up your workouts into smaller portions several times during the day (see my workouts from home for some ideas on quick workouts).
Keep your clothes and gear close by. I always try to lay out my workout clothes on the bed before I leave for work in the morning. That way, when I get home from work and want to change into something comfortable, I have my clothing sitting out ready for me to hit the road for an evening run. This can also work for a morning workout by laying out your clothing the night before or for a lunch time workout by packing all your gear in your bag and keeping the bag close by. Doing so will enable you to get on with your workout quicker and eliminate the possibility of making the excuse that there is no time because you would have to search for your stuff.
Be a part of a community. While exercising alone is great sometimes as it allows you to get away from it all and just be in the moment, it is also fun to sweat with others. Whether it’s finding a training partner in the gym or joining a running club or group, or begging your hubby to do the Insanity Max 30 program with you, sometimes it’s great to have someone to get your sweat on with.
Avoid time vampires. This connects back to the scheduling of a workout. If your workout is in the schedule, then it’s a little harder to waste time with time vampires. Take for instance, social media. I love it. It’s a great way to connect with others. I have Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and this blog all dedicated to health and fitness. However, I will be the first to tell you that sometimes I find myself on the computer for hours at a time when I could be doing something more productive. While I am not giving all this up (I love writing this blog after all), I do try my best not to spend large amounts of time reading blogs or twitter or searching through Pinterest until I have completed all the things that need to be done during the day.
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Is it difficult to find time to workout? What tips and tricks have you found to help you sweat?
If you are interested in getting motivated and and getting back to fitness and health for Fall, be sure to join my fitness group starting on August 24th. To find out more information and/or how to join, simply comment below, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the interest form.
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