Exercising – Making Time Even When Your Schedule is Tight
Being a busy mum trying to balance her career with her duties at home can feel like you barely have time to breathe, much less exercise.
The same applies to the career-driven executive whose life is a whirl of meetings with clients, deadlines and collapsing home exhausted at the end of each day.
In this hectic day and age of long working hours, never-ending responsibilities and stresses, finding the time to exercise can be challenging.
It’s a very real problem and not an excuse.
People often say, “You must MAKE time for exercise”.
But what does that even mean? How do you make time when you barely have any?
The truth of the matter is that usually you may be able to find pockets of time… BUT you’re just too tired to work out.
In this article, we’ll look at a few ways you can get some exercise in your daily schedule even if you’re busier than a mosquito in a nudist colony.
If you’re stuck at work for most of your day, guess what?
You still can exercise. You do not need to go to a gym to get a workout.
You can do push ups against the desk or on the floor.
You can do burpees, squats, mountain climbers, crunches, lunges, etc. at your cubicle. These exercises require very little space.
You’d be amazed how tiring doing 5 sets of these for 45 seconds with 15 seconds of rest can be.
The biggest misconception of exercise is that you need to do it for an hour or 30 minutes daily. You don’t.
Just 2 to 4 sessions a day like these will be immensely beneficial.
Anyone can spare 10 to 20 minutes of quick exercise daily.
The protocol mentioned above is known as high intensity interval training (HIIT).
If you only have 15 minutes a day to exercise, you’ll have to amp up the intensity greatly.
Sprinting for 30 seconds followed by a 30-second rest will have you sweating profusely in 10 minutes
Want something shorter than that? Try the Tabata protocol.
You’d be amazed at how effective it is.
Getting up earlier
Waking up 30 minutes earlier than usual will give you about 20 to 25 minutes of extra time to exercise.
It’s good to get over your exercise first thing in the day so that you can get on with the rest of your busy day without worrying about having to work out.
Analyzing your schedule with a fine-toothed comb
Write down all your activities for the day and see how much time you spend on each.
You’ll notice that there are some areas in your day where time is either being wasted or you’re free to exercise.
For example, if you drive to the mall on Wednesdays, try walking there.
That’s exercise too, and still part of your schedule.
Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Walk or cycle to your workplace, if possible.
Look for these little gaps in your schedule where you can fit in more physical activity.
Watching TV when you get home because you’re too tired to do anything else?
You’re better off getting a treadmill, placing it in the living room and walking on it while you spend an hour watching Netflix.
Not only will you get the exercise done, but you’ll also be entertained.
Opportunities to exercise are all around you daily. You just need to find where they are and proactively seek them.
Initially, it may seem tough.
But once you overcome the inertia and get the ball rolling, you’ll start finding more time to exercise and feel better and look better in the process.