I know people who have crazy schedules. Their schedules are so full that it takes an entire wall calendar or installing extra memory on their smart phones to keep track of everyone’s comings and goings. My friends have 2 or 3 kids that they shuffle off to school, sports events, friend’s houses, birthday parties and shopping trips. In addition to taking care of their family, they both work outside the home. They are involved in community activities, and they still seem to have a social life. Sometimes my friends would ask me how to find workout time with a crazy schedule.
My schedule has never been that crazy. I stay at home and don’t go out that much between taking care of kids, home-schooling and meal preparation. Do not get me wrong – I do go out, but not as much as some of my friends. So, working out for me has usually been a matter of getting up early enough to finish my workout before the kids are downstairs and ready to start the day. That did take a little planning, but certainly not as much as my friends who seemed to be pulled in 90 different directions.
I asked friends who found time to work out in the midst of busy schedules how they managed to fit it all in. I gave the whole concept of finding time for you among the fray of day-to-day life some thought. And I thought about why I rarely miss a workout. I put together several strategies on how you can find time to work out even if you have a busy schedule.
- Double up your workouts on the weekends.
- Break up your exercise into shorter time segments.
- Release yourself from the pressure of exercising every day.
- Find a few favorite DVD workouts you can do when you have a few minutes.
- Stop watching television at night until you finish your workout for the day.
- Get up early to fit it in your workout before the day begins.
- If you have kids, take a parent-child karate class 2 days a week
- Look for opportunities throughout an extra busy day to stay active (i.e. stairs, parking far away, using lunch hours to walk.)
- Do strength training while watching television.
- Put your workout on your daily calendar, scheduled in just like an appointment.
I’d encourage you to not let a busy schedule keep you from working out. I know it isn’t always easy to find time for yourself, but the rewards and feelings of satisfaction after you are done are worth the time it takes.
I rarely miss a workout because the benefits of feeling strong and healthy far outweigh the 30 to 45 minutes it takes from my day.