When you finish school and get a job, you find that your college all day every day king of workout routine is not as feasible. Add extra chores to it- like walking the dog, helping your serious other around the house, even doing overtime at work because you’re building a career- and you’re left with very little time in your day to work out.
So how do you keep your lifestyle active and fulfilling while also fitting in a workout routine in your busy schedule? Here are a few tips on how to stay fit when you are trying to do something with your life.
How To Stay Fit If You Have A Busy Schedule
You know this word from work. Delegate what you can. Nevertheless realize that this isn’t an office, and if you ask your girlfriend or boyfriend to take care of the dog one day you should be fair and take care of the dog the next day. If you try to switch chores around the house so that you get at least 3 days of working out, you’re golden. This also works if you have flat mates- get days when one of you cleans the dishes, or decide who takes care of the vacuuming each week, by using a schedule.
2. Incorporate Your Workout In Your Routines
If you really can’t avoid walking the dog, switch up your routine so that your busy schedule can be aligned with your fitness goals. Get the dog for a brisk walk one day. Next day, go on a really long walk- your dog will love it, and you will too once you realize that you can burn up to 300 calories an hour just by taking a walk. If your busy schedule includes a commute that takes 30 minutes by car, why not make that 30 minutes by bike? The speed would be about the same because cars move slower in rush hours than bikes can, and you’d get an extra hour of exercise daily, plus you would get a pat on the back from Mother Nature too.
3. Wake Up Earlier
Most of us find it a joy to stay up late, because evenings are our “quiet times” and our moments to relax after a hard day at work. But when you have a busy schedule and you want to work out, you need to find a bit more discipline to make it work. Waking up an hour earlier a few times a week should not be a tragedy, and if you get used to going to bed a little earlier each night too, you might be surprised at how pleasant it is to be the first one at the gym in the morning.
4. Sleep More
Seems a bit counterintuitive to what I said earlier, doesn’t it? If you already have a busy schedule, and you have to wake up earlier, how are you going to get more sleep? The point is to become efficient at time management. Think of it like this: it doesn’t matter if you wake up an hour earlier and hit the gym if you’re dead tired. You will only give about 50% of what you would give in the gym if you were fully rested. Your motivation is super low when you are sleepy all the time, and let’s be honest- when we’re tired we don’t always eat right either, so our progress can go out the door. Take care of your sleep and get at least 7 hours a night (and that doesn’t mean 5 hours each night and recovery time of 12 hours sleep in the weekend!).
What are your tips on how to fit in working out in a busy schedule? Share your ideas with all our busy bee readers by leaving a comment below.