If you think you don’t have time to look after your body and health, then perhaps you need to re-evaluate your priorities.
The truth is, when we don’t exercise or train, it is because we have not made it a necessity. Once we decide training is a must – that is, we have no option but to train – then we will make the time. Here are five ways to help you find more time for training in your busy day.
1. Make a plan
If you fail to prepare you prepare to fail. You need to plan your day by writing down what you must accomplish for that day and make sure a workout is part of that plan. Give it as much importance as you would any professional meeting and choose to train at a time when you’ve got the least distraction.
If it’s family you want to spend time with, then early mornings before they all wake up is probably the best time for you. If you struggle with mornings, lunchtime workouts are best. If you don’t have any family commitments to rush home to then perhaps after work will suit you. Whatever you do, don’t go home before you train otherwise training is unlikely to happen.
Have a look at your to do list. Is there anything on there that you can ask someone else to do? Perhaps your kids or partner? You don’t need to delegate all tasks, but just one or two can give you the time you need to fit in a training session or personal fitness class.
3. Think positive
Stop telling yourself “I don’t have time to train.” Instead tell yourself that you are worth it, you need this, and it’s an investment in your health for now and the future. After all, it’s less likely that you can work or take care of your family if you are unwell because you never took the time to look after your body.
4. Train more efficiently
A great workout doesn’t need to last two hours. In fact 30-minutes can be enough if you use your time wisely. Train with high intensity and short rest periods and you can knock out a physique-changing training session in a very short time.
5. Partner up or join a group
Find yourself a positive training partner or a group of people who do group fitness training together so you feel more encouraged and motivated to train. You can commit to help each other to turn up to each session. Better still, consider getting a personal trainer who can tailor a specific program to your needs and will make you accountable for each session.
Remember, there’s no such thing as the right time to train, as everyone has different life circumstances. Unless you’re a professional athlete who has to train a few times a days most days of the week, you’ll get the same results whatever time you train as long as you train. The most important thing is that you do train!