There is no one-size-fits-all fitness routine. It is fun to look at others on social media seeing their workout pics or hearing their tips and tricks but when it comes down to it you have to figure out what makes you feel the best and what makes the most sense for your schedule. However, there is one excuse that we just aren’t going to allow to cut it anymore–’I am too busy’. The truth is when we hear this it doesn’t mean we don’t think you are busy. Heck, we all are. What we hear is that working out is not a priority for you. Even though, you may think you are the busiest person on the planet, here are 3 tricks that can turn your ‘I am too busy’ excuse into a working out as a part of your everyday life. (Of course, it is totally okay to skip a day, it happens but don’t let it beat you up and remember to get right back on track within the next day or two.)
It is important to remember the WHY. Why do you workout? Why do you think working out is important? What are the goals you are looking to achieve through your workouts? Maybe it is things like the power that working out has in keeping us healthy active and feeling youthful or you love the adrenaline boost you get from working out or maybe it is because you have a very specific goal you are trying to achieve. Whatever your Why is, this is what you need to remember on even the busiest of days to keep you motivated enough to still sneak in a workout.
Time blocking out your day will the day before, will schedule all that you need to get done and in the appropriate amount of time. It is important to be realistic about how long certain tasks take. Making a short list of what is most important to accomplish that day will keep you from feeling overwhelmed with a laundry list of tasks. Keeping to your shortlist (with working out on there of course) will keep you more focused and able to get that realistic list accomplished. Even if it is accomplishing fewer things than you would like, there will be a large sense of accomplishment getting that list done and then working in extra items if you have time for it–but not if that means skipping your workout.
Sweat (at least a little)
If you are constantly thinking that you don’t have the time or start stressing over the fact that you can’t get a workout in, then you are doing more harm to your health than anything else. Even if you don’t have time for an hour-long spin class or your favorite boot camp group class, sweating a little is better than not sweating at all. If you find yourself at home after a long busy day and the kids are finally tucked into bed, maybe this is your chance to roll out your mat and pop on a workout video. There are workout videos all over the internet ranging from 10 minutes to 40 minutes, surely you have some amount of time in between those two timeframes to dedicate some time to yourself. It can be anything, Tabata, HIIT, yoga, pilates, bodyweight workout, some shadow boxing or maybe meditating is exactly what you need right now. Just doing something is better than not doing it at all.