Often the biggest challenge in our journey to stay in shape and/or lose weight is not actually exercising itself but our ability to fit an exercise program into our already busy schedules.
So how can you have it all? Is it really possible to balance family, relationships, career and important errands with working out and achieving your fitness goals? Listed below are five tips that can help you fit a regular workout plan into your busy schedule.
- Commit to a specific schedule
It’s like that age old saying ‘When you fail to plan you plan to fail’. You cannot try to haphazardly fit your workouts into your busy schedule and expect them to be consistent. Don’t think this relates to you? If you have ever said to yourself “I’ll workout when I have some free time”, then you are indeed guilty of this.
If you wish to set yourself up for success, then it is important that you take the time to actually write your planned workouts into your weekly or daily schedule. If you want this to really be effective, you need to be following your program or plan at least 3 times per week at a minimum.
It is important that you keep a written plan for your weekly workout routine in the midst of your appointments/ “to-do” lists etc. to ensure that you will never be unclear as you when you committed to yourself to go.
- Utilize the weekend
It only takes 1 workout per day, 3-5 days per week to put together an effective, results-producing program. Another trick that can help you achieve this is to workout on the weekends. This of course has the added benefit that your schedule is usually more flexible on these days.
It also has the added benefit of ensuring that when the weekdays do come you have already completed a portion of your weekly goals and may only then have to work out another 1-3 days depending on the weekly session quota you set for yourself.
- Keep your workouts as a high priority
A huge mistake that many people make once they have scheduled their workouts is allowing minor outside influences to cause them to drop the workout from their schedule.
Be confident in the fact that things will come up that will cause you to have to reschedule or cancel the workout you had planned. It is up to you to determine if these outside influences are important enough for you miss your workout altogether. Most often your workout can just be rescheduled to a time that suits better for that day. It is imperative that only the most important situations are allowed to make you miss your planned workout.
If a situation occurs and you can’t make it to your workout, you need to make sure that you reschedule with yourself to make it up on the next possible day that you are available to do so. If your own health, fitness, and efforts to lose weight are not a priority to you, they certainly won’t be so to anyone else.
- Enroll others in your goals
Don’t think that you have to achieve your goals alone. Let the some of the important people in your life know your goals and what you are doing to achieve them. You may find that those close to you will want to pitch in and help you reach the goals that you have set for yourself if they are aware of what they are and you request their support in achieving them.
You could even speak to those close to you about taking on some of your normal tasks or responsibilities or to assist with moving appointments that you may have with them so that you can restructure your schedule in order to fit your workouts in. If they are into exercise or they are trying to lose weight themselves, you could ask them to be your workout buddy and you can achieve goals together.
- Don’t beat yourself up
Mindset is a huge factor when it comes to keeping consistency with your workouts. Everyone has times when they can’t keep on track with their program due to outside demands. It is important to not beat yourself up or be too hard on yourself if this does occur. Just let it go and get back on track as soon as you can.
The most important thing that you can remember is consistency is key. Tasks that are completed consistently over a period of time are what count towards your goals. If something arises be sure to start again as soon as you can and continue to move forward to achieve the goals that you have set and to avoid losing momentum.
It does not matter what your health and fitness goals are, we all have the ability to maintain an effective workout program even with our busy schedules AND get the results that we desire!