This is something I get asked often – how do I find the time to exercise while still working full time? So I thought I’d pull together a quick post with my top 5 tips:
1. PLAY THE FIELD
Essentially, try everything at least once! You can’t say you hate something if you’ve never tried it – besides, ensuring that you try different classes takes your mind off the prospect of organising workouts. Sure it means you’ll have to get there by a certain time, but let this be a test for your time management skills.. PLUS you can use the moves you learn to inform your next gym session.
2. FIND YOUR PASSION
Once you’ve done step 1, step 2 will come naturally. Once you’ve tried everything, you can refine your class schedule to the ones that you enjoy – there’s no point forcing yourself to do a workout that you hate. Find classes you enjoy and you’ll always want to make the time to go workout!
3. GET A BUDDY
You’re way less likely to cancel a gym session if you’re going with someone, so schedule in a gym date and make plans to reward yourselves with a protein shake and catch up afterwards. When you’re working it can be hard to make time to catch up with friends, so this is a two-birds-one-stone situation: win win! Alternatively, you could take on a personal trainer (from our Top Fitness Buddies list) who would help you achieve your goals and keep training fun! If you’ve stopped having fun whilst training, read our top tips on how to make exercise fun.
4. DON’T FIND TIME, MAKE TIME
One of my favourite sayings: we don’t “have” time to workout, we “make” time to workout. If you truly want to workout, you will. I often find myself running at 6:30AM before work, to work, from work, in my lunch break or rushing across London after work to get to a workout on time. Time management is tricky. Sure it would be easier to just go home and sloth out, but I know working out makes me feel good, so I make time for it!
5. DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF
Sometimes we do all we can but it just doesn’t workout – you need the rest, you miss the tube/bus or you’re simply not in the mood. It’s happened to all of us. Don’t punish yourself – simply take the time out to recharge your batteries and start again tomorrow.
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