Let’s get real. Busy happens. And it can get in the way of your fitness routine regardless of how others may say that it shouldn’t. Sometimes there just seems to be no end in sight for all the things you need to do. But skipping a workout every time you get busy can become habitual. It becomes easier to set exercise aside thinking that you can always get back to it as soon as you have more time. Keeping fit, however, is more than the occasional workouts you can fit in your schedule. It is about making use of strategies that allow you to get the workout you need regardless of how busy you get.
1. Get it done early
There is a sage productivity advice that says, “Eat your frog first”. This can be used in the fitness context as well. Get your workout done early in the morning. Set your alarm at least half an hour earlier than usual so you can squeeze in some time for a fitness routine. Doing it first thing in the morning minimizes the chance that you will have to cancel your workout plans as your day gets busier. It is also a great way to start your day. Your morning exercise will not only leave you feeling good. It can also make you feel more energized to tackle whatever it is that you need to do for the day.
2. Ramp it up
One mistake people make when developing a fitness routine is that they start fast and strong. Doing hard and intense workouts in the beginning can put a lot of pressure on what should be a fun activity. It is easier to make exercise a habit if it does not feel like a chore. If you are still in the process of building a training regimen, you may want to start slow and easy. You can then ramp it up by frequency and intensity as you go along.
3. Keep track
Keeping a fitness journal helps you keep track of your progress. It also allows you to take note of the challenges you need to work on, if needed. Writing down goals and what you have accomplished so far make things seem more tangible. Think of it as a to-do list and source of feedback that you can review and reflect on.
4. Be flexible
Maintaining a regular fitness routine is good. Many people keep to specific workout schedules regardless of how busy they get. But if you are not one of those who can easily manage squeezing in a fixed workout time, you might want to take on a more flexible approach. You do not have to miss a workout just because you can’t go to the gym. Instead, you can get some workout done wherever you are using bodyweight exercises. Or you can work on your cardio training by doing high-intensity interval training at home.
5. Take advantage of downtimes
Use downtimes to your advantage. Get active during breaks by taking a 10-minute walk outside or by stretching your muscles. When traveling, use the time spent waiting at airports by walking around instead of just sitting at the lounge waiting for your flight. Make it a habit to get active during your spare time.
6. Get the right nutrition
Fitness is not only about getting enough exercise. It also hinges on your diet. You need to make the right food choices if you want to achieve the results you are aiming for. Lifelong fitness is maintaining the right balance of workout and nutrition every day.