How to Make Time to Workout When You Don't Have Time

I need to start working out to shed off a few pounds, fit into my pants again, get some energy and feel healthier. It’s seriously getting out of control. Ever say that to yourself and when tomorrow comes around somehow the workout doesn’t end up happening? You wake up tired from the night before, assigned a new project at work, and when you get home, the kids need help with their homework. By the time you’re done, all you can think about is plopping onto your couch to wind down. You flip open your computer to scroll on social media only to find yourself going back to work on that same project from work until midnight.

The cycle just keeps happening and you convince yourself you don’t have time or energy to workout. The thing is, there won’t ever be a perfect time to start working out. So, how the heck do you make time for workouts when you don’t have any time?

There are 3 different ways to start working out and losing weight that I have found have been super effective for my clients who are constantly busy:

1. Schedule Morning Workouts

First step to getting your morning workout in is to schedule it in before work. To make things easier, start off with a 15-20 minute workout. What this means is you’ll want to go to bed 20-30 minutes earlier than usual. Now, you might be thinking that’s not possible! I promise you it is.

Set an alarm for a time where you’re going to shut off ALL electronics. It’s almost like setting an electronic boundary for yourself. The sooner you turn off the electronics, the sooner you’ll be able to start to wind down. Sleeping earlier will allow you to wake up earlier to get that workout done.

2. Schedule Evening Workouts

If you’re more of an afternoon/evening person, scheduling in a workout after work will probably be better for you. In this case, you have to first put it on your calendar to do immediately after you get off work. Second, you have to make it a point to prioritize that appointment like how you’d prioritize any other business meeting.

Just as your work appointments are essential to keeping your job or keeping your business going, your workout is essential to keeping your mental and physical health going strong. So, if the workout is scheduled at 6pm, make sure your final meeting at 4pm doesn’t run over to allow enough time for you to get to the gym.

3. Change Things Up

To keep things more fun and different, make sure you have different routines scattered throughout the weeks. This could look like changing up the location of your workout: at home, at the gym, outdoors, or changing up the type of workout: body weight vs weight lifting, running vs hiking, fit video games (Ring Fit, Fitness Boxing, Just Dance) vs a normal workout. Changing your routine will keep you more motivated and engaged rather than trying to make yourself do the same thing over and over again.

Whether it’s in the morning, afternoon, or evening, there is always a way to fit fitness into your schedule. The key is having the mindset of prioritizing your health and self-care. If we don’t, there will be consequences. Our health and well-being doesn’t care about what we “have to do.” We need to learn to take a break or else we’ll end up breaking.

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