We all have busy schedules, making it hard to squeeze in a daily workout. You make time for the things that are a priority in your life. If you aren’t working out, you have no one to blame but yourself. Saying you do not have enough time is simply another excuse. How do you overcome the excuse, “I don’t have time.”
How to Overcome It
What most people do not realize is that you do not need to spend several hours working out. Just getting up and walking for 30 minutes is better than sitting on your couch. You need to focus on finding the time to squeeze in a workout where you can. Try waking up 30 minutes earlier so you can go for a short morning run or head to the gym. Everyone is busy and we all have the excuse to avoid working out due to lack of time, you just need to make the mental commitment to exercise for it to work.
Creating a Plan of Attack
If you don’t know when you can squeeze in a workout in your busy life, here are some ideas.
Exercise sporadically throughout the day. Do you receive a lunch break at work? Instead of spending 30-60 minutes in the break room eating, eat quickly and head outside for a brisk walk. Small bursts of intense exercise can do more for your body than sitting. Exercise in intervals to receive the right amount of exercise you need to strengthen your muscles. Some things you can try doing include using the exercise bike for 30 seconds at a full sprint, then a 30 second recovery time before repeating this process six times. Doing this can boost your metabolism and strengthen your muscles. Doing this exercise for 18-26 minutes can have a significant impact, even as much as the individuals that spend an hour or more cycling at the gym.
Try hitting the treadmill or elliptical machine for 25-30 minutes. The best workouts are those that focus on helping you move your entire body weight. Running stairs or using the step machine will help your body burn calories faster as it works harder to melt the fat.
Another way to bring exercise to your busy schedule is to hit the gum right before or right after work. Making the gym a part of your daily routine will make it easier for you to focus on working out. Try joining some workout classes or groups as the other individuals can help you to stay motivated.
Join us next week for Part 2 of our “Be Stronger Than Your Excuses” Series!