If you’re like me, you often wonder how the hell busy people find the time to workout!
They may make it look easy, but I bet they have to find time just like everyone else. There are many ways that people find the time to exercise; however, it’s just as important to figure out why some people are able to find the time to exercise.
Answering both why and how will help you find the time to exercise. Realize that everybody has to work at making time and being fit. Unless, of course, you are one of the lucky few who don’t have to exercise to look and feel good naked; ya yummmm….me neither, read on!
Some reasons why people find the time to exercise:
- Exercising is a priority to them
- They know it will make them healthier
- They want to live a longer healthier life
- If they don’t make the time to exercise it will never happen
- Routine keeps them on track
- They are organized
- It makes them feel frick’n sweet!
Finding the time to exercise is not always easy and sometimes it seems nearly impossible, but you still need to schedule in some time to exercise. Set a consistent time to exercise, and STICK TO IT!
If you don’t keep the commitment to yourself and don’t prioritize your exercise time there is a good chance you are not going to workout. Set a time before work, during your lunch, or even after work to workout. Make your workout the first thing you schedule each week, and schedule the rest of your week around it.
People committed to exercise find the time to workout because they know it is the healthy thing to do. Exercise helps you look and feel better; it also releases endorphins, making it a natural stress reliever… or natural HIGH. It is important to find a way that will make you workout. In addition to scheduling your week around workouts, here are some other great tips to make time for working out:
Workout with a Partner (I love this film!)
You are more likely to stick to a workout if someone is expecting you. Call a friend and coordinate schedules, even if it is just for half an hour. Racket sports, jogging, cycling and swimming are great activities that are both fun and provide a great workout; call someone right now! You can also exercise with your spouse, kids or whole family; it’s a great way to spend quality time together.
I have found that literally running my errands is a great way to workout and get things done. Returning a library book, movie or mailing letters all provide great opportunities to get a great cardiovascular workout; you can walk, jog or even ride your bike to complete the errands. A great workout, no late fees and you are saving the environment; doesn’t get much better than that! Plus, imagine all the looks you’ll get doing walking lunges inside the grocery store. Better yet, push-ups while waiting in line to get your caffeine fix.
Make it Quick
You don’t have to exercise for hours to get in a great workout. Often, 20 minutes is all you need to workout and stay in shape. Go for a power walk, run, jump rope or alternate push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups for 20 minutes provides a great workout.
Take Advantage of Every Opportunity
If you are really strapped for time, look for opportunities to exercise while on the go. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator; do squats and biceps curls while watching the news; do squats while talking on the phone; I have even done sit ups and push ups between meetings. The bottom line is, make it matter, make it a priority and you will find the time to work out!