Tips for Fitness with a Busy Schedule
It's all about prioritizing when you work a hectic schedule - especially this time of year!! Most days are packed, but it's important to get in a good sweat, at least most days. Rely on the following tips and you will stay fit and sane.
Sweat in the Morning
Productivity increases big time if you work out first thing in the morning. Most people are more likely to do it before the rush begins, plus you don't have to think about it for the rest of the day. Put your gear out the night before. When your alarm goes off in the morning, start your workout within the first half hour of your day.
Schedule Workouts into your Calendar. Set Reminders. Have Integrity.
Schedule a workout class at the same time each week. Tell your co-workers in the morning so they are fully aware of your plans. Chances are they will hold you accountable even if your day gets crazy.
Seek out your Workouts before Traveling
Before you travel for work or pleasure, check out where the cool studios or running spots are and choose hotels with gyms whenever possible.
Get some New Gear
New workout clothes can make your day. It's the perfect reward when you've been working out hard. Isn't waking up early easier when you get to break in a new pair of pants or shoes?
Plan a Meeting/Workout Mash-Up
If you don't need your computer, it can be fun to meet while going for a run or a walk. The endorphin rush makes for great brainstorming and bonding.
Work out at Work
If you aren't fortunate enough to work at a company that offers fitness classes, why not propose it? If it isn't feasible, start a run club before or after work 1-2 days a week.
Make Work out Plans with a Co-Worker or Friend
You'll be less likely to back out if you make plans with someone ahead of time. Create your weekly schedule in advance and share it with friends and co-workers to see if they would like to join. You could even post it on Facebook or tweet to see who is interested in going.
Commit to a Challenge
If you pay the money to do a 30 day challenge, you'll be more likely to actually go. Plus, a little friendly competition always helps.
When you change up your workouts, it feels less like work. Attend complimentary classes in the area, try new studios, go for runs, hikes, swims - you name it. Always be on the lookout for fun, new classes, running routes and DVDs.
Get New Tunes
When you feel unmotivated, add some new music to the mix. It keeps things fun, fresh and interesting.
Pick up a Fitness Magazine
Getting new workout ideas and healthy tips motivates you to work out. Pilates Style Magazine, Women's Health, Fitness, SELF and Shape are all great options.
Get into a Routine
It's all about establishing good habits. Whatever activities you choose, commit and make them a routine. When you get into the habit you are less likely to back out. Your body craves it.
Final note? Don't let a lack of time become an obstacle in taking care of yourself. If your goal is to workout more, make it a priority. You'll feel better, get more done and be happier!!