How to Find Time For Exercise in a Busy Schedule

Are you eager to get fit but don’t know how to find time for exercise in your busy schedule? Read on…

If you’re struggling to fit work outs into your busy life, you’re not alone. A lot of people find it incredibly difficult to fit in fitness.

Unfortunately, as a result, you might be looking at the numbers on the scales going up rather than down.

And you could be more worried about your health than you need to be.

Luckily, I have some simple ways to sneak a workout into your jampacked daily routine.

4 Ways to Find Time for Exercise in a Busy Schedule

1. Morph Exercise Into An Automatic Habit

fitness habit

Have you ever considered why you develop a habit the first place and why they are completely automatic?

Basically, we do most of our habits without even really thinking about it.

For instance…

You don’t think about brushing your teeth twice a day, you just do it. Well, that’s because habits change the neural pathways of our brain and cause us to essentially, think differently. These processes become cemented as parts of our daily activities. 

So, how do you make exercise an automatic habit?

Well, you should make sure that you are exercising at the same time each day for a couple of weeks. Link this habit to another habit you already do during this same time. Write it into your schedule – so you take this newly linked habit seriously.

A trick to link exercise to an existing habit…

Mindfully incorporate exercise into existing daily activities. This could include walking or cycling to work.

Another way to go about this is to start a hobby that requires you to be physically active. Cycling is an excellent fitness hobby that offers many health benefits. It helps improve heart and lung health, regulate weight, and improve mental health.

You can reach higher fitness goals with cycling by undergoing interval training and power training with the help of a a tool called cycling power meter. Cycling is fun and healthy and gives you plenty of opportunities to travel and meet people, making it one of the best hobbies to get into.

Note: Research suggests that the minimum it takes to form a new habit is about six weeks.

2. Exercise in the morning

You might want to consider working out in the morning just before you head off to work or start your day.

The benefit: Mornings are an easy way to make sure you have time. You can just wake up earlier. Yes, I know, it’s not the most pleasant idea in the world, setting your alarm for an hour earlier. But it’s an excuse free way to make sure you have the time in your schedule.

Plus, if you exercise before breakfast, you’ll be able to convert any protein you eat into muscle. That means you’ll be more easily able to tone up your tummy. (Maybe potentially get that six-pack that you have always dreamed of!) 

Note: If you are exercising in the morning you should consider releasing muscle tension with some SMR (which is self myofascial release.) It has been shown to reduce the pain you can experience after a workout – and helps trigger the release of endorphins.  (Note: Be sure to check with a trainer about how to do SMR correctly.)

3. Exercise in the Office 

You might think that you can’t workout during the day while you’re in the office or on the job. But you can! And we’re not talking about doing butt clenches at your desk. While that is a possibility, our recommendation would be desk yoga. You can see how this works in the video below. 

You’ll get all the benefits connected to yoga. And it’s perfect for the office environment. You’ll be able to complete this process in your lunch break – or in the spare few minutes that you have between assignments. 

4. Exercise for 30 Minutes (or just a little)

Research suggests that we should be aiming for about thirty minutes of moderate workout every day.

(Note: This 30 minutes suggestion is for the typical individual. If you’re looking to build muscle or lose weight, then you need to be aiming for more. So perhaps add an extra 15 minutes onto this time.)

But frankly…exercising for any amount of time is better than not exercising at all.

Don’t use the excuse: “I don’t have 30 minutes to work out.”

If you can only work out for 10 minutes, exercise for 10 minutes. Try to do a little something each day to get your body moving and your heart pumping.

Pssst.. There are even workout routines that last ninety seconds. Admittedly, these are mainly used by athletes who are already in a great physical condition and are focusing on maintaining their physique or making gradual improvements. 

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