Struggling to find the time to work out? If so, welcome to the ranks of just about every busy professional in the world! Work, life, family, and other responsibilities can make it hard to get in your workout every day, and you may be struggling just to GET to the gym–much less spend an hour or more working out. Thankfully, it’s not impossible to make time to work out, so here are some tips to help you:
Make it a Priority
How important is your workout? Is it more important than your TV-watching time? Is it more important than the time you spend at home taking a nap? Is it more important than going out for lunch with your co-workers? If your workout really is important, make it a point to fit it in NO MATTER what. If it’s your priority–the most important thing you do in the day–you’ll make time to work out!
Make it a Hard and Fast Appointment
You can’t cancel a doctor’s appointment or jury duty simply because you cannot back out of the commitment, so make your workout a commitment of the same magnitude. Set your workout as a hard and fast part of your day, and under no circumstances back out of it. Force yourself to hit the gym every day for six months, after which time you will have built the habit and it will be much easier for you to keep up with your gym-going efforts even if you do miss a day occasionally.
Prioritize Your Workout
What is the most important part of your workout? Is it the strength training, the cardio, the stretching, or the time you spend playing pickup games on the basketball court? Think about what really matters most, and make it a point to do that above all else. Do it first to get it out of the way, and spend the rest of the time you have on the next most important part of your workout.
If you want to cut down the amount of time you spend at the gym, cut down the amount of time you rest between sets. Count 20 to 30 seconds EXACTLY between sets, and then get back to working. You can get through a solid strength training workout in under half an hour, get your cardio in, and get out of the gym!
Instead of jogging for 45 minutes a day, why not spend less than half that time doing High Intensity Interval Training? Spend 20 minutes on HIIT workouts every day, and you’ll be in and out of the gym in no time. HIIT training is actually better for weight loss than jogging and low-intensity cardio anyways, so you’ll double the results in half the time!
Engage Your Mind
If you are only going to the gym to “go through the motions” or “because you have to”, there will be hundreds of chances for you to get out of it. If you aren’t in the right state of mind, you’ll probably take those “outs” and use them as an excuse as to why you can’t get to the gym. However, if your mind is engaged and you bring your mental fortitude to bear on the problem of your workouts, it will be much easier for you to keep up with the workout even when it’s challenging. Your mind will push you to spend what little time you have at the gym, getting through that workout as efficiently as possible.