Tick, tock. Tick, tock. I don’t know about you, but there are NEVER enough hours in my day. I’ve been off work for almost four months and still, every day is full. I rarely sit down, except to check my e-mail and Facebook page. My planner is evidence that I’m not a slacker: Each day’s list fills its space. Frequently, it overflows its space.
So how am I going to find 30–60 minutes each day to work out? Because I know that to reach my goal, I not only have to exercise, I also have to weight train to build muscle mass and ramp up my metabolism.
Here are four suggestions:
1. If you’re not a morning person, get ready to groan. But seriously, sometimes it comes down to getting up earlier. I won’t suggest staying up later because if you try to exercise later at night, you probably won’t be able to get to sleep for quite a while afterward. So honestly evaluate your schedule. List all the things you MUST do. Are some time- or day-flexible? If so, you might be able to rearrange. But sometimes the only time left is earlier in the day—those hours when we don’t have to work, eat, sleep or take care of other things (feeding the cat, paying bills, helping with homework, taking Junior to soccer, gymnastics, yaddah yaddah yaddah …).
2. Take your workout clothes to work or school and use lunch time or between-class time to exercise. And, you can stretch and do isometrics right in your chair!
3. Exercise in several shorter sessions. Who says you have to do 30 minutes all at one time?
4. Find ways to incorporate exercise into your normal routine: Use the stairs instead of the elevator; park farther away and walk; drive to the mall and walk indoors (You can check out the new styles yet you won’t have your wallet with you, so you’ll save money too!); do crunches, push ups, etc. while watching TV (Come on, if you’re watching TV, you have time to work out!); choose more active types of recreation (Instead of a movie, how about a bike ride or a walk in the park?) … you get the picture.
I’ve always hated to get up in the dark and work out. Yet I’ve found that once I’m up and going, I really enjoy it. I love the peaceful, quiet time for reflection and planning my day—the jump start helps me get A LOT more done. So if you can’t squeeze your workout in at any other time, go for the old “early bird” routine. You’ll be glad you did!
Will today be your Day One? Congratulations if it is, or if yesterday was (or the day before). ’Til tomorrow, keep confident and resolute!
And if you’ve already conquered this stumbling block, feel free to share your strategies for fitting exercise into your day!