You know the importance of working out frequently, but that doesn’t make it any easier to find time for a daily workout. Between your job or school, your family and your life, making time to work out can seem impossible. By the time you finish all of the things you have to do, you may feel there is no time left in your day. However, if you want a more healthy lifestyle and are ready to commit yourself to working out daily, there are ways to make it happen. Read on for six tips to make time for a daily workout.
1. Work Out in the Morning
If you schedule your workout for the end of the day, you may run out of time to do it. Working out first thing in the morning can be beneficial for many reasons. First, you have it done and can go about the rest of your day without making time for a workout hanging over your head. Second, working out in the morning can give you a burst of energy that will get you going in your day. You may even have more confidence, knowing that you’ve already accomplished something. Third, some experts believe that working out early in the morning can burn more calories and boost your metabolism.
Another great way to make time for a daily workout is to multitask. Try to find time to burn calories while you are doing other things. You could do some cardio while watching your favorite television shows. Instead of driving or taking public transportation to or from work, walk or run. Make time to work out with your kids or significant other each day. Working out with your kids or significant other can be a great bonding experience and it is good for both of you. If you are at one of your kid’s activities or practices, get in a workout while you are waiting.
3. Schedule a Lunch Workout
If you are not an early riser or simply cannot work out in the morning, consider working out during lunch. If you have an hour for lunch, that is plenty of time to work in a run or a trip to the gym. You can always eat lunch at your desk when you return.
4. Work Out at Home
Unless you live near a gym, travel time to and from the gym may be taking time from your day that you simply do not have. Working out at home might be a better option for you. You can easily invest in some workout equipment for your home. If you are on a budget, there are plenty of exercises that you can do with no equipment at your home. Consider body weight resistance workouts that can build strength without equipment. There are also many apps and streaming programs that will give you a gym quality workout from the comfort of your living room. Working out at home can save you both time and money, so you will have less excuses.
5. Schedule Time
You may be missing a daily workout simply because you are not making time for it. Keep track of what you do each day in a planner or with a planning app. Then, analyze and see where you can find time for a workout. You may be surprised by how much time you actually spend doing unimportant things like playing on your phone that could be turned into time for working out. If you are willing to give up some of your free time and can make a commitment each day, you can find time for your workout. It just takes discipline and determination.
6. Cut Out All the “Extras”
You may find that you spend a lot of time getting ready for your workout. You may be taking time to change clothes, prepare your water, go to your special workout space and more. You may also be doing a lot afterwards, like taking a long shower. See if there are any ways that you can cut out all of these “extras.” Keep your workout clothes together or don’t change at all if you don’t require special clothes. Make a batch of water and snacks once a week instead of doing it each day. The more you streamline your process, the less time you will spend each day.