Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
By Laura King
Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly always manage to find the time to squeeze it in. It’s all about viewing a one-hour fitness session with the same importance as a meeting with your boss or a dinner with your friend. To help you get there, we share our top four tips for helping to fit exercise into a busy work and life schedule.
GET A PERSONAL TRAINER
More and more people are ditching their costly and long-term gym memberships and instead choosing to invest in a PT. Personal trainers can train you at home, saving you any travel time, and most will be available at those awkward hours before work, after work or during your lunch break, where you can just about manage a quick one-hour fitness session! If you don’t know where to start and need someone to accommodate your hectic schedule, then this may just be the solution for you. If cost is an issue, then think of this with some perspective. You could use a personal trainer for a short period, gain an education about how best to train and continue on your own. Also, many of us have no qualms about spending excesses on alcohol and food, so why should it be any different when putting your body first?
EXERCISE WITH FRIENDS
A great way to utilize your time and money better is to rearrange your social appointments and meet your friends for a workout session, rather than drinks and food that you know won’t do your waistline any good! This is a great way to help squeeze exercise in to a hectic schedule and it means you aren’t sacrificing quality time with friends.
SWITCH THE TV OFF
We all complain that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, but many of us never properly assess how efficiently we spend our time. While watching TV can be a great way to switch off after a stressful day at the office, it probably isn’t necessary every day of the week. Furthermore, exercise is an even better reliever of stress and it helps to release lots of feel good endorphins that can turn even the most horrific day at the office around.
TRAVEL BY FOOT
If you live and work in the city center, then we dare you to take a challenge! Ditch the car, the bus, the train, and the tube and instead put on your trainers and see if you can travel to all of your weekly appointments by foot. Set yourself a target to walk or cycle anywhere that can be reached in below 40 minutes and you will be thanking us in no time. The fresh air, the physical activity and the benefits for your figure, are all guaranteed ways to boost your mood and fight any anxiety or mental stress you may be experiencing.
However you choose to squeeze in working out, your body, mind, heart, and spirit will thank you.