WHERE DOES ALL THE TIME GO?
Workouts help you get more done!
Regular, consistent exercise routines help us to limit the stress of our busy lives. This allows us to navigate our work and leisure time in a healthier way, and . . . with a healthier body.
So why does it feel like we need to “squeeze” in that extra hour for a workout? Here are a few suggestions that will help get rid of the “squeeze factor”, and create some extra time in your schedule.
SET DEFINITE GOALS
Commit to a schedule for your fitness regimen. Decide on two or three times a week, and then make “appointments” on your calendar. You wouldn’t miss an appointment, right?
Choose a time that works comfortably for you so you’re more apt to stay with it. For example, if you’re an early riser, get up an hour earlier for your workout. Sleep is important but there are some ways you can juggle your rest time to get in a workout.
If lunchtime works better for you, do 20-30 minutes of exercise and eat your lunch after. Stop eating lunch at your desk, and hit the gym. It will not only be good for your waistline, but studies show a LUNCH-TIME WORKOUT makes you more productive for the rest of your day.
I DON’T FIND THE TIME TO WORKOUT
I MAKE THE TIME TO WORKOUT
FOLLOW YOUR SCHEDULE
I don’t know about you, but following my organized schedule leaves me feeling like I have accomplished what I needed and met my goals. That makes me feel like I’ve earned a guilty pleasure or some goof-off time. That’s always a good feeling.
Okay, we’ve decided on the days of the week, the frequency of our workouts, and that we’re going to stick with them. Now it’s time to think about the exercise itself. Go to the gym with a plan to get the most out of the time you’re devoting to your workouts. For example, using compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups gets you more value for time spent. A sweat session on the treadmill is a great choice if you’re crunched for time. Consulting a trainer will most definitely be a great help here.
NUTRITION IS KEY
Skipping meals should not be part of your behavior. You’ll begin to see results of the time spent on workouts, but remember healthy eating must be a priority and a thoughtful part of your overall fitness plan.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Think of a workout out as an indulgence that results in you looking and feeling GREAT. You’re experiencing a healthy lifestyle. You won’t want to avoid those workouts, you’ll start to feel guilty if you miss them!