If you’ve ever used the excuse, “I’m too busy to exercise”, this one’s for you.
It’s incredibly common to think that with all the things you have to do, there’s no room in your timetable (or any energy left) to workout. But don’t let that be your excuse! Exercise is SO important for your health and managing your symptoms and you don’t need to be breaking a sweat in the gym to do so.
Put It In The Calendar
For some people, it’s just a matter of committing. Blocking out time in your calendar to exercise will help you see exercise as a task that needs to be completed, rather than something you throw in if there’s room. If something else comes up, don’t replace exercise – treat it as an important part of your schedule that can’t be moved. It’s a matter of priorities. Place exercise ahead of socialising, relaxing and shopping and make it a strict part of your timetable that you’ll commit to.
Exercise While Watching TV
If you really feel like you can’t compromise on some things, like a bit of time at the end of the day to watch TV, then fit fitness in there. There’s no reason why you can’t lay a yoga mat in front of the TV and do a few stretches and exercises. You might not feel like you have the energy, but you won’t regret it. Remember, every little bit counts, so even if your daily exercise comes mainly from doing a few crunches in front of your Netflix screen, it’s a whole lot better than nothing!
Go for a Walk Instead of Drinks
If you’d rather not replace time with friends with exercising, try to combine the two. If your friend asks you to go out for drinks, or for lunch or tea, suggest a walk in the park instead (or a walk around the shopping centre). A brisk walk is a great form of exercise and when you’re just catching up with a friend, it definitely won’t feel like you’re exercising. Even if it’s just a quick nightly stroll with you partner or taking the responsibility of walking the dog, adding in some time for a walk is a great way to fit fitness in.
Turn Your Chores into Exercises
Perhaps you don’t have time to exercise, not because you’re busy relaxing in front of a TV, but because you’re managing a whole household, cleaning dishes, doing laundry, making lunches and dinners. But that doesn’t mean that these moments can’t have a bit of fitness value to them. You might feel silly doing it, but adding in exercise to your household chores is a great way to fit fitness in. For example, instead of bending over to grab dirty clothes from the floor, squat down and up. Do calf raises when you’re cooking at the hob and stirring the meal you’re preparing. Vacuum the floors with a quicker pace, trying to raise your heart rate. A day of chores can be a day of exercise if you incorporate a few different moves in!
Set Fitness Goals
When you set achievable goals, you give yourself an incentive to workout. Even if it’s something as straightforward as, “Do 100 squats in a week” you’ll have something to work at. That way, whenever you get a spare moment, you can throw in squats to reach your goal. Sometimes, the trouble with time-based fitness goals (eg: workout 30 minutes every other day) is that you’re not holding yourself accountable for the kind of exercise that you’re doing. If you go to the gym for 30 minutes, but really spend most of the time walking around choosing which machine to use or taking water breaks, then you’re not really getting in 30 minutes of exercise. Instead, switching to weekly fitness goals can be a lot more achievable and manageable.
It can’t be stressed enough how important fitness is and there’s no reason that you won’t be able to fit it in. It may take a bit of committing and a bit of creativity, but it can absolutely be done. No matter how tired you feel, you’ll feel better and more awake after a workout. Sometimes those 5 minutes it takes you to convince yourself to get into workout clothes and push yourself to start a workout can make all the difference. It’s completely understandable that it might not feel like you have the time, but fitness can be worked into your everyday life in so many ways! You may be feeling too achy and tired to workout, but if you just push for it, you’ll feel a lot better in the long run!