It's not that you don't want to embrace fitness - it's merely that you can't figure out where on earth you're going to find the time. If you have a particularly crazy schedule, whether due to long hours at the office, a packed social calendar or a busy family at home, it might seem impossible to find time to focus on yourself and your health. If you get creative, however, it is possible to not only carve out a little niche of time for fitness, but make it a regular part of your routine.
Rise and Shine
It's logical to want to pull the covers over your head and snooze for an extra half hour in the morning, but if you're booked from morning to night, an early morning exercise session could be the best possible way to start off your day. Even just a half hour can make a huge difference in your physical fitness, and the rush of activity will invigorate your body even more powerfully than your usual cup of coffee. Consider taking a jog or bike ride around your neighborhood and note the sense of quiet in what is usually a boisterous environment. Practice yoga as the sun rises.
A Different Sort of Commute
If your office is not a terribly long distance from your office, consider leaving your car in the driveway once a week. Make the trip in on two wheels, rather than four. A bicycle ride will allow you an opportunity to work fitness into your schedule twice in one day. If you do bike in, however, consider bringing your work clothes in a separate bag and bring supplies so you can wash up upon arrival. If your office has a shower, that's even better - no one wants to work in the smelly cubicle. Additionally, be sure to wear a helmet and follow proper traffic rules during your travels.
Going Outside for Lunch
Skip your typical lunchtime takeout. Bring a set of workout clothes with you and go for a lunchtime run. If you're just starting out or are worried that you wouldn't be able to wash up properly after a run, go for a nice long walk and then eat your lunch at your desk as you continue to work your way through the afternoon.
Don't fall victim to the temptation to relax when you walk through the door after work each day. If you are a member of a fitness center, drive directly to the gym after work, exercise and then you're your way home. If you want to start running outside, go home, get changed and immediately head out for that jog. Make it clear that you are not officially home for the evening until you have finished your workout for the day. Postponing the questions about how your days went by even just 20 minutes can make a huge difference in your overall health.
Establish an Exercise Buddy
If you and a friend find yourselves booked every day of the week, consider modifying your usual Happy Hour plans into something better for your bodies and your minds. An hour-long class at a fitness center will allow you a chance to get into shape; the presence of a friend will encourage you to work hard and show off your skills. Make this class your weekly chance to spend time together - after the class is over for the day, you can laugh about your successes and catch up over smoothies or a healthy dinner.
Bypass the Fast Forward Button
If you're watching recorded television on your DVR, resist the urge to skip the commercials. Instead, use the commercial break time as a quick window for fitness. Perform jumping jacks, crunches or push-ups as the commercials unfold. By the time one night of must-see television has come and gone, you'll have worked in a good chunk of fitness time.
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THE BEST WAY TO SNEAK EXERCISE INTO A BUSY SCHEDULE
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