Most of us have a lot on our plate, probably too much if we’re being honest with ourselves. Between work, family life, relationships, appointments, and other commitments, it’s no surprise that many of us struggle to find time for exercise. How can you possibly find the time to squeeze a workout into an already packed schedule? I struggle with this myself from time to time, but I can honestly say that on the days when I do make time for exercise, I am a million times better for it. It clears my mind, improves my mood, and makes me more productive, all amazing benefits for someone with a busy life!
It’s always worth it to take time for your own personal health. But if you already have no time, where do you even begin? Try out these five simple methods for squeezing more exercise into your everyday life.
If you’re having a hard time fitting regular exercise into your life, why not try some type of fitness tracker? I recently got a Fitbit, and I absolutely love it! Not only does it track your steps, you can also track your heart rate, water intake, sleep patterns, calories, and more. You can also challenge your friends, which provides even more motivation and encouragement to push yourself a little bit further. If you’re not ready to invest in a Fitbit, you can always purchase an inexpensive pedometer or even use free apps on your phone.
Something as simple as tracking the number of steps you take each day can surprisingly make a huge difference. Sometimes just having that quantifiable goal makes it easier to understand and therefore easier to reach. When you actually see where you’re at and where you need to be, it motivates you to find ways to reach your step count – taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking far away from the store, taking a walk on your lunch break, even just getting up and doing a lap around your office every hour. Every little bit adds up, and you’ll notice yourself wanting to move more and more so you can reach your daily goals.
Find Something You Love
If finding the motivation to work out is hard for you, it’s important to find things that you actually enjoy doing. Find something that you can look forward to everyday. Maybe a long walk after work where you can clear your mind, chat with a friend, listen to music, or just get some fresh air? Or maybe a dance or yoga class is just what you need to shake off the stress of the day. I love being outside as much as possible, so long walks, bicycling, and kayaking work great for me. For someone else, a gym atmosphere might provide more motivation. Find what works for you, and most importantly, find something you love to do. When you find that thing that you love, it won’t be so hard to find the time for it anymore because you’ll actually want to make time for it.
You probably have a million other things to get done in a day, which is why you can never find the time for exercise, right? Trust me, I find myself in that situation all the time. One thing I’ve learned to do, and my Fitbit has helped with this, is to multitask! Think about ways that you can incorporate some exercise into your other everyday tasks. I have started thinking of my cleaning routine as a workout in itself. I try to move at a fast pace, which gets my heartrate up. I walk up and down the stairs, do lunges while I’m vacuuming, and do squats while scrubbing the shower. Yard work is another great way to be productive and get a good workout in all at once. Weeding, raking, pushing a lawn mower, it all works those muscles.
Think about your daily routine and where you could sneak in a little extra movement. Lately I’ve been starting my coffee maker in the morning instead of programming it at night. While the coffee is brewing, I walk up and down the stairs at least 5 or 6 times. It gets my heart rate up and increases my step count first thing in the morning. I also keep dumbbells by my desk so I can do some arm workouts while I’m at my computer. What are some ways that you can incorporate more exercise into your daily routine?
Follow Fitness Bloggers
I love checking out different fitness bloggers for new workout ideas, healthy recipes, and fitness tips. A few that I follow on Facebook are Mommy Trainer, Kayla Itsines, and Popsugar Fitness. They are always sharing simple workout videos that you can follow along with in the comfort of your own home. Sometimes you just get bored with your workout routine, and you need some fresh ideas to stay motivated. This makes it easy and super convenient!
Sometimes the only way to ensure that you do something is to actually write it down on your calendar. If you’re having a hard time getting any exercise in, you may just have to take a look at your schedule and carve out a designated spot for it. Once you do this, treat it like any other appointment. It’s a commitment you have made to yourself, and it is just as important as other commitments. Plan ahead and don’t let other things get in the way of this time. You may have to do some rearranging of your schedule or start saying “no” more often to other plans, but it’s worth it. You will be happier and healthier for it in the long run!
Find a Workout Partner
In my opinion, one of the best ways to make sure you stick to something is to find another person who will hold you accountable for it. Ask a friend, co-worker, or family member to be your workout partner and schedule time with them. It could be an hour at the gym, a class, a morning run or an afternoon walk. You can help motivate each other, and you’ll be less likely to cancel your workout plans.
Exercise is important for a happy and healthy life, which is why you should do everything you can to make time for it. Try out some of these easy suggestions and find what works for you. The big picture here is to try to incorporate movement into your life wherever you possibly can. Make exercise part of your daily routine, and pretty soon it will start to come naturally. Sometimes we think we don’t have time for something, but the truth is we just need to make it more of a priority in our life. Once you do that, it won’t be so hard to find the time for it anymore.
As always, let me know what you think of these ideas, and feel free to comment below with any other suggestions!