We all know that staying active through regular exercise is an essential way to keep our bodies as healthy as possible, but trying to fit exercise into your already busy day can often seem near enough impossible. Between juggling work, family-life and socialising with friends, there’s not always much time left over to focus on staying active…
But, instead of simply shrugging exercise off as something you just don’t have time for, learn how you can keep your fitness in check with our five simple stay fit tips for busy people.
How can you stay fit when you’re busy?
1. Make exercise a priority
The problem with exercise is that we don’t always see it as an essential part of our day, in the same way that we might see things like picking up kids up from school, or getting to work on time. Yes, of course those things are very important, but by seeing exercise as something that isn’t essential to our day, it becomes pretty easy to find an excuse to ditch it. But the fact is that exercise is important. So instead of seeing it as an optional extra, we should see working out as something that is vital to keeping us healthy. That way, we won’t just drop it at the first opportunity; instead, we’ll do our best to find the time, the energy, and the ways to fit it in.
2. Find a workout that works for you
Take a look at your lifestyle, likes and dislikes and find a workout that is going to work best for you – something that you’ll be able to find the time for, and that you’ll actually enjoy doing! If you don’t have much time to head to a gym, then find a workout form that you can do at home, or even at work on your lunch break! If you tend to get bored quickly, then high-intensity interval training is great for providing maximum impact in minimal time. If you find more enjoyment in working out outdoors, then focus on activities like running, hiking, or other outdoor activities. There are so many options available – you just need to find something you enjoy, and working out will end up being something you actually look forward to!
3. Be prepared
When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, every minute counts, and it’s easy to find an excuse not to do that exercise. So, make sure that you’re fully prepared and then you’re less likely to let those good intentions slip. It could be as simple as keeping your workout clothes at the bottom of your bed, ready to chuck on for a morning workout. A pair of trainers in your car boot means you are ready for a quick walk if the opportunity arises.
4. Just do something
A few minutes is better than nothing. Last minute plans leaving you with no time to head to your usual gym class? Remember, you don’t need an hour, or even half an hour to get a bit of exercise into your day. In our opinion, some exercise is better than none and even just a few minutes can make a difference. No matter how busy you are, we can always find a few spare minutes to get our heart rate up and blood pumping. Just choosing a few flights of stairs rather than the lift is a step (or many steps!) in the right direction! So squeeze in whatever time you can find and it’ll make all the difference when it comes to your health.
5. Make it a part of your day
Busy with meetings at work? Use it as an excuse to get some fitness into your day. Get your colleagues together and brainstorm on the go – I guarantee you’ll feel all the more energised and positive just for getting out of the office for half an hour – and it’ll even help those productivity levels. Are you a commuter? Use your daily journey to work as a chance to inject some fitness into your day – ditch the car and cycle to work, or park a little further away and walk in. Meeting up with friends? Combine your socialising with some exercise and head out for an afternoon hike, or to a gym class together.
Making exercise a part of your day means you don’t need to ‘make time’ for it – and it’s more likely to become a long-term, habit that will help you to keep your body as healthy as it can be.