Okay so I helped you learn how to set goals, now the hard part is figuring out how to achieve them. In my last post, How To Set New Year’s Resolutions (and keep them!) I listed a few strategies to help you commit to setting your goals. Now I want to focus on one of the most common obstacles we face when it comes to getting in shape: making time for your workouts.
First of all, this is going to vary greatly depending on what you’re looking to achieve. Someone who wants to get involved in a body building competition is going to have much different needs than someone who is just starting to get active and trying to lose a few pounds. The good news is there will be something for everyone, no matter how busy you are or what you are trying to achieve.
Tip#1: Schedule in your workouts.
Whether you use your phone to set appointments or a hard copy planner/date book, I want you to physically schedule in your workout as if it was as appointment that you couldn’t miss. Don’t worry about “the best time of day is to work out first thing in the morning” advice. If you can’t workout in the morning, anytime of day is better than not getting the workout in at all. Now that you have blocked out a specific time frame for this, there are no excuses to miss it!
Tip#2: Invest in some home equipment.
Maybe you can’t afford a gym membership or you don’t have one that’s a reasonable distance away based on your schedule. I know heavier populated areas can have terrible traffic making the commute 10 times longer than it should be. If you have equipment at home, you can cut out the drive time and it’s much easier to get your workout in. This doesn’t have to be expensive either. A few sets of dumbbells or some resistance bands are perfect to start. Once you get stronger you can invest in some more equipment if you desire. These adjustable weights* are great to start with because they can be adjusted to different weight values and you only need the one set so they don’t take up much storage space either 😉
Tip#3: Wake up earlier.
I’ve never been a morning person, so I feel your pain on this one. But when it comes to achieving goals, you have to make sacrifices. I’m not saying to constantly deprive yourself from getting enough sleep to get your workout in, but if this is absolutely the only time you have to do it, you better make it count. Which brings me to my next tip…
Tip #4: Increase the intensity.
Working out at a higher intensity will allow you to shorten your workouts if you are on a time crunch. High intensity exercises have multiple benefits other than just saving time, but this is a great bonus. Even better: doing high intensity body weight exercises allows you to get an effective, quick workout in without needing equipment and you can do it anywhere. Now what excuse could you possibly have?! Not sure what kind of workouts to do? There are a ton of ideas that you can access for free by looking on Pinterest, Youtube, and other various social media platforms. And lastly…
Tip#5: Break it up throughout the day.
This isn’t ideal, but if there’s just no way to get a good workout in during one block of time throughout your day it’s better than not working out at all. Maybe 15 minutes in the morning then 15 minutes on your lunch break and 15 minutes after work; however you can fit it in. Also, make the most of the times of the day that you are active. What I mean by this is to park in the furthest parking spot rather than the closest so you get more steps in, take the stairs over the elevator or escalator… things like that.
As I mentioned before, the approach you take to ensuring you get your exercise in is going to depend on how much exercise you need to achieve the goals you have in mind. If you’re just starting out, something is always better than nothing. Remember all successful people make sacrifices to get to where they want to be so you are going to have to make some adjustments if this is something you really want!
What obstacles do you face when trying to find time to workout?
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