Tom, the personal trainer who founded Waite Training in Leeds has many tips to help you get started on working for your fitness goals.
Fitting everything into your day is already difficult. There may be kids to sort out for school, pets to look after, and a job to keep. So the idea of fitting in quality time to exercise is like trying to climb Everest. Hard work.
And when you're on the go morning till night, you want nothing more than to relax in front of a good TV show and nurse a glass of wine at the end of the day. But you want to get lean too. So how can you fit in some time to get your body moving?
Here are 10 great workout tips and tricks to get over the hurdle of a tight schedule and fit in some exercise. You might be starting small, but it's the intention that counts, and that's a great start.
#1. Do It In Short Bursts
Who said you have to work out in 1-hour time slots? Finding an hour to spare can be difficult. But a spare 10 minutes can come around more often than you think. So make the most of these precious minutes and get moving. It might not feel like a lot, but if you're doing five short bursts a day, they quickly add up. And you'll reap the rewards both mentally and physically.
#2. Utilise Your Mornings
Morning routines are sacred. And they're usually where we have the most time to spare. Consider shortening the time you spend having a coffee to fit in a quick workout. Or get up an hour earlier and have an exercise session before a morning shower. It gets the training in and sets you up for a great day thanks to the happy hormones exercising releases.
#3. Combine Fitness And Socialising
Socialising is important. So we all make time for it. Why not combine that time with fitness? Try out a new class with your close friends. Or go for a run with loved ones. You can catch up simultaneously and end the meet-up with a visit to the local coffee shop or a well-deserved meal. And you can chat without losing your breath.
#4. Try Somewhere New
Exercising doesn't have to be done in the confines of the gym. It can take precious time to get there, and you might have to book in a slot. So take your workouts to the living room, garden, or even the office. They're the places you spend most of your time. And working out there means you're still on hand in case you're needed quickly.
#5. Make The Most Of Your Lunchbreak
If you work in an office, you spend the day behind the desk and probably lunch behind a desk too. Make the most of that hour by venturing outside to have your lunch. Make you're way to a nearby park or cafe, and it could mean you've just fitted in a 30-minute walk.
If you really want to push the boat out, head to the gym for a quick session. When you start splitting your available time wisely, you'll be surprised by how much you can fit into your day.
#6. Netflix VS Working Out
There's nothing better than watching your favourite TV show in the evening or on precious weekends off. However, when that turns into hours of binge-watching your show, you might feel guilty about not being productive. Why not make a deal with yourself to exercise for at least as long as one episode before you sit down watching? Then you can also take short breaks between episodes to stand up and move your body around.
#7. Schedule Your Free Time
Lists are an efficient way to make sure you're using all your time effectively. You might mostly use them to get specific work and home tasks done, but give it a go for your free time too. Write down what you want to do and how much time you have available to you. That way, you can split the day into blocks and fit in exercise much easier.
#8. Find A Workout That Fits
Some workouts require you to spend a decent amount of time on them. Choose ways to exercise that work for your schedule. If you can only do 10-minute bursts, you want to make the most of that time. Workouts designed for that length of time means you won't run over, and you'll get the most out of every second.
#9. Have An End Goal
Knowing why you want to work out is key to making a fitness plan that brings you success. Whether you aspire to get lean, build stamina, or be more flexible, it will change what type of exercise is right for you. Doing only the type of exercise that helps you reach your end goal will mean getting more fulfilling results.
#10. Do It Even When Shopping
For true dedication to the cause, get exercising when you're on the go. Think calf raises while you wait for the kids at school, squats at your work desk, or buttock clenches when you're picking up food supplies. These little pockets of exercise all add up, and you'll soon see results. Plus, you'll have started a healthy habit with minimal effort.
These tips and tricks should give you that spark of inspiration you need to see that you can fit exercise into your life. Even as a busy person with a busy life. And you can see that exercise doesn't have to be something rigid. It can fit around you and your life to help build healthier habits for both your mind and body.
Stick to it, and your overall fitness will improve. If you need some inspiration, feel free to download the FREE Time Crunch Workout Guide, and you can always get in touch if you'd like to discuss your goals with a personal trainer.