Ways to Fit 30-Minutes of Exercise Into Your Busy Schedule
Have you ever struggled to fit exercise into your schedule? Like most you’re probably super busy with work, family, a social life and every day activities. I know that the idea of hitting the gym at the end of the day is not very appealing when all you want to do is go home, relax and watch your favorite tv show.
It’s actually a common misconception that you need to slay away for hours in order to see the benefits of exercise. In fact, just getting your heart rate up for 30 minutes a few times a week can make all the difference. And while 30 minutes might still seem like a lot of time, keep in mind that you don’t always have to be breaking a sweat, you could be going for a brisk walk, a bike ride, or break up your workout throughout the day. So if you’ve ever struggled to fit it all in, take a look at these easy ways you can get 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine.
SCHEDULE YOUR WORKOUTS. I find that one of the best ways to make time for exercise is to schedule my workouts ahead of time and treat them like doctor’s appointments. On Sunday's I plan out my week of workouts ahead of time. Instead of making exercise something you’ll get to if you have time, make it something you actively set time aside for. Then once you get into a good routine of that it becomes a habit and something you look forward to.
WORKOUT AT HOME. You don’t need much space or equipment for an effective workout. A pair of dumbbells, or water bottles to use as weights, your body and a small dedicated space to move and sweat! And if you haven’t already, try my online programs. I have numerous programs to choose from along with targeted category workouts to follow that require minimal equipment!
JUST COMPLETE ONE CIRCUIT. One of the great things about my programs, and working out in general, is that the workouts can be dialed up and down depending on how much time you have. So if you’re struggling to fit it all in on a certain day, you can just stick to one round, two rounds or split it up during the day. The main thing is that you try, you stick with it and are moving your body.
GO FOR A BRISK WALK. Remember that exercising doesn’t always have to mean going all out, you can combine some of your more intense workouts with a quick walk around your local neighborhood. Or just do a low intensity steady rate cardio workout, meaning a bike ride, a walk, a swim, etc. Not only will it be good for your body, but your mind too.
LUNCH BREAKS. No more eating at your desk. Take the opportunity to go outside for a fast paced walk or even a short circuit in the lawn. Even setting aside 10 minutes during your lunch break to up your heart rate will make all the difference and help you have a productive afternoon back at your desk!
Remember, working out is never a "quick fix," it is about consistency. And in order to get long lasting results, it is important to build healthy routines that last.