I tried to workout but I have a hectic schedule.
I'm too tired in the morning and I'm way too tired at night.
I'm just too busy to workout right now.
I work and go to school, I don't have time to workout.
Do any of these sound familiar? Have you used one of these to explain why you're not working out? If any of these sound familiar, let me tell you right now that you actually do have time to workout!
I have a full time job, a part time job and a husband and baby waiting at home. Do I still workout? Well, yeah! Otherwise what kind of trainer would I be right? Don't get me wrong, it has become increasingly difficult to get my own workouts in, but I still make time to do it. So if I can do it, so can you!
The number one thing is that you have to WANT to fit a workout into your day. If you don't make it a priority, chances are you will end up skipping it and spending your time doing other things. How important is getting that workout in? Think about it. If you're here reading my fitness blog I imagine it's probably because you are somewhat into the idea of working out. So if working out is of interest to you, ask yourself why. Is it for your health? Is it vanity? Is it for your kids? Is it for the haters? Is it just because you like it? Whatever your reason may be, make sure you remember it because it will get you off your butt every time you feel like you have no time or energy left.
Now that you have thought about the reason why you want to workout, lets go on to making time.
Here are a few tips and tricks for getting that workout in:
1. Wake up earlier
You wake up and hang out in bed checking your phone for a while and then you finally get up. You take a long shower and take your time getting ready for work or school. Stop wasting all that time! Wake up earlier and go out for a run or go to the gym for a quick workout. Just 30 minutes makes such a difference for you physically, mentally and aesthetically.
Instead of going out for dinner or drinks with your significant other, friends or coworkers go workout together! When you have somebody joining you, you can have more fun. A little friendly competition can be just what you need to motivate you as well as keep you accountable. Some people are more likely to make time for a workout if they are accompanied by someone.
You don't want to miss your favorite show but you want to get your workout in. You can totally do both! Jump on a stationary bike at the gym or buy yourself one for the home. If you're short on cash, get yourself a portable peddler. I got one on Amazon for around $30.00 and it has been one of the best and cheapest purchases I have made.
4. Don't jump in the car for a short ride
If you can walk to the grocery store, the gym, work, your friend's house or whatever your destination is then why jump in the car? Take the opportunity to get some cardio in!
5. Use break time at work as a mini workout
If you work an eight hour shift, you should be allowed two 10-15 minute breaks and one lunch break. If you used your breaks to go for a walk, you would have already completed 30 minutes of cardio for the day.
Next time you catch yourself making excuses, think about why you need or want to work out and make time for yourself!