How to make exercise fit into your busy work schedule?
Want to get fit but your job is getting in the way of your life? Or is your health taking a back seat to your demanding job? You can still be fit and have a demanding job, it’s a lot easier than you think! Just as easy as you have found ways to find meeting times to incorporate into your busy schedule, you can do the same thing in your fitness.
With the help of busy working professionals, I have found a common trend used by individuals to make sure they keep fitness a priority in their life.
Ways of Getting Fit with a Busy Work Schedule
Master your efficiency
Make sure workouts are straight to the point and get the job done. You don’t need to be in the gym for hours, get in and get out. If you have a super busy schedule, make your workouts either with time caps and high-intensity workouts. You have limited time, so get it done quickly. These workout routines should consist of exercise you can do in the office, on travel, at the gas station, just anywhere you can get it done.
Do Whatever You Like
Yes, this is the time to be freaking selfish. This time that you have is about you. If you don’t enjoy running, don’t run. You need to do what you like to do in your fitness routine. As a busy professional, it’s super clear that you already have self-discipline, you just need to showboat it a little. The easier it is to do something, the more likely you are willing to do it. Be a chemist with this. Cook it up a little bit and interchange different exercises together for your best exercise compound.
Compete. Compete. Compete.
Motivation is always a great way to get things accomplished. Start a little training group with some of your fellow co-workers. There is nothing better than a little friendly competition. Your competition may be for steps, squats, or push-ups. Make sure it’s something you actually do and it’s actionable. Set a goal, a plan, and stick to it. I don’t know about you, but I hate losing and I’m not going down without a fight. I enjoy kicking ass a lot.
Stick to the Plan and Quit Playing
Sit your butt down, grab a piece of paper, and make a schedule. A failed plan is a plan to fail. So, if you wrote it down it has to stick. You cannot go back on your word and expect different results. Do what you say and say what you mean. Capeesh!
It’s Data Baby
How will you know if you're progressing or regressing? You need to track your progress with a sheet or use a calendar. Listen, you can’t walk in your boss's office making suggestions without any concrete data to back up your claim. It’s the same difference. Track your progress or data, so you can have something to refer to later in the month. You will need this to calculate where you need to make adjustments.
Something is always better than nothing
You don’t need a whole lot of time to get an effective workout. The majority of the time you really only need about 20-30 minutes to get a good workout. And I don’t want to hear the BS claim, “Well, I'm just too busy!”
Fun Fact: Did you know that Rosie O'Donnell and Serena Williams have the exact same 24 hours in a day? One just chooses to spend her time on what's more important to her. So if fitness is super important and you know you need this in your life, you will make time for it.
As always, commit, chase, conquer!