Let’s be realistic – following a fitness routine can be tough. Some days are good, others are not so great, but in the end it’s all part of the process. Although you can face many different obstacles along the way, one of the biggest barriers to committing to a fitness routine is time – or rather, the lack of it. While we don’t have the ability to add an extra hour to the day, we can help you maximize the time you do have.
Schedule your workouts
Instead of waiting until an hour opens up in your schedule to squeeze in a workout, try adding your workouts to your calendar ahead of time. By doing so, you’re setting aside time and prioritizing exercise. Also, you don’t skip out on important appointments with other people, so you shouldn’t skip out on an important appointment with yourself.
Limit unimportant activities
Can checking your Facebook newsfeed wait? How about shopping online for a new pair of shoes? In most cases, the answer is yes. However, we often get sucked into these types of activities and before we know it an hour has passed. Tell yourself you won’t participate in these activities until after your workout and you might be surprised how much time opens up.
Do shorter workouts
Interval training allows you to get an effective workout in a shorter amount of time. By alternating shorter, more intense periods of exercise with lighter ones, you’ll get your heart-pumping and your muscles moving long enough to see real results. You could also break up your 30-minute workout into 10 minute sessions throughout the day.