Why you're never too busy to exercise
Ever find yourself saying, “I can't make my workout class, I'm too busy!” It's something we all do from time to time – we're working long hours, trying to fit in time for eating, socialising with friends and relaxing. Sometimes exercise can seem like a low priority on your list, but it shouldn't be that way! Staying active should be a top priority for all of us – after all your health is the most important thing, and exercise is a key part of that.
But we know it can seem difficult to make time for exercise when you've had a stressful 12 hour day at the office and all you want to do is sleep. Summoning the motivation and energy for that gym workout or dance class can seem like a herculean task; we've all been there! So how do you find the time to fit exercise into even the busiest schedule, even when all you want to do is curl up and take a nap? We believe you're never too busy to exercise, and these simple tips will help you fit exercise into your lifestyle, no matter how much you're on-the-go.
Choose exercise you love
If you enjoy the type of exercise you're doing, you're more likely to commit to it. If you hate running, for example, training for a marathon is a form of personal torture that you're unlikely to ever enjoy. So why push yourself? Why not choose a form of exercise that doesn't feel like exercise? One person's idea of fun may be yoga, whilst another may enjoy bouldering. Make achieving your fitness goals a lot easier by choosing exercise you love that fits into your lifestyle, and don't be afraid to try something new!
You may not always have time to head halfway across town for a boxing session or an afternoon on the golf course with friends, so choose a workout that you can do anywhere, at any time. Workout DVDs are a great option that you can keep at home, but also consider pilates, bodyweight exercises, TRX, yoga and running. All of these require little equipment and can be done even after a late night at the office.
There's no point starting an exercise regime if you're not going to commit to it, so don't fall into the “I'm too busy” trap. Cancelling your aerobics class or personal trainer session yet again because you're too busy at work is a total cop-out – yes, you heard us! If you had a family emergency or a medical appointment, how would you deal with the situation? Maybe you'd take work home, cancel a meeting or come in earlier the next day? Working out should be a priority, so make a schedule and stick to it. If you've signed up for a class, make sure you go to it!
Competition can really help motivate you, so if you find you're lacking the willpower to commit to a workout schedule, you should add a competitive element to your training. If you're into running, why not sign up for a fitness challenge, start training for a 5K or even get yourself a fitness buddy? It's easy to find competition in most sports, just look around. From martial arts to boxing, competition is the number one way to make you train harder. If you really want to up the stakes, take a super-fit friend to the gym or your workout class and you'll find you work harder to keep up!
A little is better than nothing
Whilst it would be great to have an hour free everyday to workout, that's not always possible But even a few minutes spent exercising is enough to make a difference. A lunchtime workout or one of our 15-minute workouts can do wonders for your stress levels and overall fitness. Exercise at your desk, go for a walking meeting or just get off the bus a few stops earlier and enjoy a brisk walk to work – it all helps!
Monitor your activity levels
Tracking your progress when it comes to exercising is a tool used by coaches and personal trainers, and you can use it too. Having a visual reminder of your progress can help keep you motivated and enable you to look for areas where you can improve. Write down every workout you do and add them up weekly and monthly to monitor your progress and push yourself further.
We believe that when it comes to exercise, there's no such thing as being 'too busy', whether what you have time for is a 5-minute Pilates session or an hour of TRX exercises. However much time you have at your disposal, there is always time for exercise if you make it a priority, and even changing your lifestyle so that you're more active, such as walking to work rather than driving, can help.