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HOW TO: Work In Working Out — Tips to Fit Fitness Into a Hectic Schedule

By on December 7, 2012

As society gets busier and more hectic, the problem consistently with working out regularly becomes one of TIME constraints. People often don’t have time to fit in a full half hour of activity several times per week. Here are some ideas to get you moving on even the tightest schedule!

  1. No way to fit in a full 20+ minute workout? No problem! Did you know that five vigorous minutes of activity four times per day will generally burn the same amount of calories as a 20-minute workout? Keep in mind that breaking workouts up this way will not help you build endurance, but it will help you burn fat. It’s always better to do a little of something than a lot of nothing.
  2. Are you avoiding daily workouts because there’s no time to break for a shower before you’re on to the next thing? Get accustomed to working out first thing when you wake up before you take your morning shower. An added bonus: You’ll likely have much more energy throughout the day! If you’re one of those people who shower at night, then switch it around and work out prior to your bath time routine. The added bonus here is better sleep and more calories burned while you sleep!
  3. Do you find time for TV? Then you can find time to work out! I’m not suggesting that you cut out the one show you actually get to catch during your busy day, but you can definitely start getting your exercise in while it’s on. Choose five to seven exercises and do one for the duration of each commercial break during an hour-long show. You will, on average, get 18-20 minutes of vigorous exercise! To make this even better, you’ll be raising and lowering your heart rate repeatedly which assists in burning calories and provides an effective cardiovascular workout in much the same way as stopping and starting burns more fuel in your vehicle.
  4. Get in the habit of targeting certain muscle groups while you’re getting dressed each day. If you are blow-drying your hair, do some squats at the same time. Do alternating leg raises and/or calf raises while you brush your teeth. Need to look for something under your bed? Work in a few push-ups while you’re down there… Find creative ways to move your body, tightening your muscles and concentrating on different areas as you perform various daily tasks!
  5. You don’t always have to take a BREAK to exercise. You can work many muscles while you’re standing still or while you’re walking around a store. Some things simply require a slight change in the way you’re already moving. A great rule of thumb to tone the abs is to tighten them every time you think about it, whether you’re sitting, standing or walking around. Your glutes are another muscle group that can be tightened and released throughout the day for a simple workout.
  6. Make it a priority! You’re never going to fully commit to working anything into your life on a regular basis that you don’t highly value so place fitness as a high priority and you’ll find that the more active you are, the more active you’ll want to be and you’ll find ways to make it work. Start training yourself to exercise by implementing these ideas and pretty soon, you’ll find that you are looking for more ways to work in more activity.
  7. Get a workout buddy. When you have someone that you can partner with to get moving, you will each find yourselves not wanting to be the one who slacks off which means you’ll both be much more likely to get active each day and hold one another accountable for the goals you set as well. Not only this, but you’ll look forward to carving out sections of your week to get together and sweat with friends.

What are some of the ways that YOU have found to be effective when trying to work fitness into a very busy lifestyle? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!

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