As a fitness professional I’d say the number one excuse I hear for not working out is “I don’t have time”. We all say it right? Heck I say it. A lot! I couldn’t vacuum today, I didn’t have time. I couldn’t prepare dinner today, didn’t have time. The truth is we all have the same 24 hours in a day. I spent forever thinking time was some magical thing that I just needed more of, when in fact what I really needed was to manage MYSELF better, not time. No matter what we do, time still goes on. Never was this more apparent when I tried at the beginning of the year to get in daily yoga and meditation. If you aren’t doing what you NEED to do then you are doing something that is stealing your time, and your focus.
3 Time Saving Fitness Tips
Schedule time with yourself
One of the hardest things for people to do is put themselves first. Remember you have to put your oxygen mask on first in airplanes? Same applies here. YOU are important. If your health suffers you are no good to your family, or yourself. Exercise as so many health benefits it really should be the number one priority in everybody’s day. Schedule your workout time (15 minutes, 30 minutes whatever you can spare) and keep that appointment, like it was a doctor’s appointment. It’s non-negotiable. I’ve mentioned before that I use the tools4wisdom planners and LOVE them. I schedule my appointments through the week then add my workouts before adding anything else. Totally recommend those planners, really worth the investment!
Workout at Home
Our closest gym is a 10 minute drive away, not counting the prep time gathering shower stuff, gym clothes, ensuring we have everything we need. Our home gym is in the spare bedroom, and I have all the stuff I need (or can nip out if I need to). Plus if I manage to sneak a 30 minute time slot with nothing happening I can just go to the home gym and get my sweat on. You don’t need a room, heck you don’t need equipment, you just need to PLAN the workout, then go get it done. Put in an exercise DVD, watch a youtube video. I used to do P90X, I love yoga, and I have my road bicycle set up on an indoor trainer for quick cardio workouts on the fly. By working out at home I can save us around 30 minutes a day in travel.
Get up earlier.
No brainer right? When I committed to daily yoga I decided that 15 minutes in the morning was all I needed. It’s enough time to warm up my joints, and get a nice sun salutation going. Initially it was tough, and I’m not going to lie, some mornings were snooze mornings… but for the most part 98% of the time the alarm goes off and I get up. If your day is truly packed solid with absolutely MUST DO TODAY things then you might have to sacrifice some sleep for your workout.
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