There never seems to be enough time in the day. Between work, commuting, cooking dinner, and other activities that take up our precious time, adding exercising to the mix seems nearly impossible. However, having a consistent workout routine will actually make you more productive and sleep better, therefore giving you more energy to get all the other things done in your day. So how can you make time for your fitness?
1. Make a Plan
Treat your workout like any other important task on your to-do list. Just like you know you brush your teeth or drive to work around the same time every morning, schedule a time that you devote to a quick workout. Maybe add an alert on your phone or download one of the many user-friendly and convenient fitness apps out there.
2. Sprints vs. Marathons
You don't have to workout for an hour and a half straight every day to accomplish your fitness goals. Start off with a 10 minute morning walk or try a thermal walk at work after you eat lunch. Incorporating bits of exercises throughout your day is an easy and effective way of speeding up your metabolism and boosting your energy without taking up too much time.
3. Make Healthy your Lifestyle
Make time for fitness by choosing the healthier choices throughout your day. Instead of driving to the nearby store, walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and park in the furthest spot from your building at work or grocery store. These small choices add up and will help keep you active.
4. Incorporate Fitness with Fun
If you spend the weekend watching TV or going to dinner and a movie for date night, try to come up with new active and fun ideas. Check out a yoga class or cycling class at your local gym and invite your friends to join you for smoothies and a workout class! Join us in the Healthy Kitchen for an unforgettable date night with cooking demonstrations or a gourmet three-course Chef's Table.
5. Get Creative
You don't need to be in a gym to get a great workout in. Do squats while you are watching TV, lunges while vacuuming, or calf raises while waiting in line. These little additions to your day could make a big difference.
6. Stay Positive
If you go a day or two without a full workout, don't be discouraged. Try to incorporate these little tips in your day-to-day life and those missed gym sessions won't seem so bad. Remember a little bit is better than nothing!
"The CDC recommends that adults get at least two and a half hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least two days per week." Two and a half hours out of 168 hours a week doesn't seem so impossible does it? Keep in mind these tips and make time for fitness in your life.