Being busy in a society has become a part of success. As a society, we’ve gone from thinking of success as part of something where you barely have time to sleep. But here’s the thing – you’re probably not as busy as you think. At first thought, it might seem impossible to get your heart pumping at least 3 times a week.
Here are five suggestions to help you make that workout happen. As they say, few people regret that they took the time to work out… once they’re done.
1. 10 minutes are better than no minutes
If you have 10 minutes at lunch or waiting for dinner to cook, there’s your window. Take a brisk walk, do some HIIT… push ups, pull ups… whatever you can fit in during that time will help you become healthier and more fit. Here are some HIIT workouts you can do from anywhere.
2. Turn something you do normally into a workout
Think of an activity you do on a regular basis that you can amp up. If you normally walk to the bus stop, brisk walk or jog from now on. Turn the dog walk into a run. He might enjoy the run as much as you do! Analyze your daily activities and see where you can up the intensity.
3. Cut back social media
If you’re scrolling through 15 minutes of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or all of the above before bed every night or right when you wake up, leave the phone down. We’d guess 99% of the time, you’re scrolling mindlessly anyway. Replace that time with short, bursting workout.
4. Track your activity levels
“If you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist”. It’s a slight exaggeration, yes, but this old saying really has some truth to it, especially when it comes to exercise. Make a note every time you work out, and add up your workout sessions at the end of each week and month, so you can monitor your progress and identify areas for improvement. Measuring your activity levels (and ideally keeping notes on your progress) can help you to stay on track and realize when you’re slipping before you’ve completely lost the habit.
5. Map out your workout before you get to the gym
You don’t need to be in the gym looking around at what’s next, because then you’re wasting time that you don’t have. Walk into the gym having a clear idea of what you’re going to do. Write out the routine you’re going to do, or sign-up for a session and let the instructor do the planning for you. By eliminating the guesswork of what you’re going to do means you’ll have more time and energy to actually do it.