Whether you’re a student, work full time or are a stay at home mom, working out can be a challenge if you feel you’re too busy to do it. Remember not to get overwhelmed and give up on your fitness goals; it is possible to work out regularly and effectively, regardless of your other commitments.
It isn’t necessary to work out for an hour every day to enjoy the benefits; even a few minutes of exercise can be beneficial, whether it’s walking, cycling swimming or something a little more strenuous. Start by trying to find an extra 10 or 15 minutes in your day for working out, and increase the time from there. If you still don’t feel you have time, look at where you can make time during your day. Spending too much time texting friends, watching TV or talking on the phone? Reducing the time spent doing those things that aren’t essential can be a good starting point. And if you have an hour’s lunch break, that can be time well spent in the gym, or walking around your building, rather than sitting at your desk or in the break room.
Working out doesn’t have to be in the gym, and unless the gym is just down the road, it can be time-consuming getting there and back. Calisthenics are exercises that can be done just about anywhere – in your living room, office or dorm room and they target a particular muscle group. Push-ups, pull ups, dips, bear crawls, crab walks and dead hangs are all highly effective, and you don’t need a lot of space or costly equipment. Calisthenics is usually carried out in sets, allowing you to fit the routines into the time you have available.
You can also incorporate a workout into your daily commute. If practical, consider walking, cycling or jogging some or all of the way to the office or classroom. If that’s not realistic, try parking on the other side of the parking lot and walking the rest of the way, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Working out is also easier if you have the support of your family or friends; go swimming or jogging instead of having ice cream or meeting for coffee. Consider getting up 15 or 20 minutes earlier; the missed sleep won’t make that much difference, and it’s amazing what you can achieve in that little extra time. Working out before you even leave the house means that you don’t have to worry about trying to fit it in later during your busy day.