In society today we are constantly rushing around and always have a laundry list of items to do and compete with each other about who has less time. Between running errands, school, work, friends, and family there always seems to be a lack of time and you are stuck and there is nothing you can do about it. Being busy tends to be a very common excuse for missing a workout; I know I have used it before. There is time in your very crazy schedule and hopefully this post will help you find time for that workout! There is no one single way to best fit in physical fitness into your day. Your lifestyle, job, family, and responsibilities will all help you determine the most convenient time and place for fitness. The key is to do what works for you and make doing something physical a daily habit that you want to keep. The important thing to keep in mind is to set goals that reflect your lifestyle. If you are incredibly busy and you are struggling to follow a program that requires something every day switch to a different plan or focus on shorter distances for running so you feel more successful.
So first take two days and keep track of every exactly how you spend your time. I know this may seem daunting but I did this exercise for a psychology class in the spring of 2014 and it was eye opening. According to a poll done by Harris Interactive Americans have twice as much downtime as we think we so. This extra time is usually hidden within other activities such as watching television or being on the Internet and writing it down will help you see where the time vacuums really are. Sometimes you may have only an extra ten minutes but you can still get your heart pumping in short amounts of time. Try to keep some walking shoes around for when you have those few precious moments to spare. There are some very simple ways to get some extra workout time. You can try waking up 30minutes earlier, taking the stairs whenever possible, putting it on the calendar and treating it as any other appointment.
It is easy to get sucked into being a perfectionist and wanting everything to be in order before you workout. However sometimes just to get a workout in you have to acknowledge the imperfection and move on. We can’t control every little thing and nothing goes perfect all the time and if that’s what is derailing your workout you have to look at your priorities and adjust. What will it hurt in the long run to not immediately clean up the kitchen after dinner and go on a 30-minute to hour-long walk with your family? This way you can work on your health goals and involve your family maybe even your dog! If you really can’t get past making sure everything is perfect then make the chores count. Do housework or outdoor work that gets your heart pumping and get you moving. You can also get more out of your errands such as parking in the back of the grocery store parking lot. Or if you have time do a few laps around the store before you start shopping.
Multitasking always seems like a great idea because you can be doing more things at once and will get more done, right? Wrong, many scientists have been testing people who multitask and you are actually getting things done at a slower rate especially in this digital age where you are constantly getting bombarded with email, text messages, Facebook messenger, and all sorts of other things. When it comes time for your workout turn off message alerts and you may actually get more out of your workout. I know I have a do not disturb feature on my iphone that I enable. There are some ways around this multitasking though if you are like me and still try to multitask. You can be active while watching TV such as getting off the couch to change the channel or adjust the volume, and use hand weights, or do a stretching routine during commercial breaks of your favorite shows. There are so many great workouts for movies and television shows that are on pinterest that you can check out and try. You can also try making the most out of your commute. If you are close enough walk or bike to work, or if you ride the bus try getting off early so you walk a little more, or park as far from your work as you can so you can get in a few extra steps.
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