We live busy lives these days, and it can seem hard to find the time to fit in exercise. We work long hours, we have busy social lives and we are spending increased time online. When are we supposed to find time to exercise?
This can be particularly hard if you see exercise as a chore. I know for me, exercise used to be something that I knew I HAD to do, but I didn’t prioritise it because most of the time I didn’t really WANT to do it.
Tip 1: Find your why
Why do you want to fit in exercise to your day?
Is it because you want to increase strength? Is it because you like the way you feel afterwards? Or do you not really want to at all?
Finding the reason WHY you want to exercise makes it so much easier to fit it in to your day. For example, you probably want to exercise so you can complete that trip you’ve booked to Everest base camp.
Other reasons why you might want to exercise:
- To feel stronger.
- For the benefits to your health – positive mindset, heart and lung health, longevity.
- To be a good role model to your kids.
Trust me, if you can’t find a good motivating factor, then you probably won’t do it. I’ve been there and done that.
Tip 2: Do exercise that you enjoy
Chances are, if you hate the type of exercise that you’re doing, you won’t want to fit it in to your day.
Forcing yourself to do something that you hate isn’t enjoyable. And I don’t know about you but I’m not exactly motivated to do things that I don’t enjoy.
I also wonder if forcing yourself to do something that you hate might come from a negative mindset. What I mean is – are you exercising to punish yourself? Do you think you need to do crazy amounts of cardio in order to please others?
It’s ok if you feel this way, I’ve been there too – I think most of us have. I’m just here to say that you are enough, as you are. You don’t need to force yourself to do something you hate in order to please others or be “healthy”. It is possible to be healthy by doing things you love.
If you choose exercise that you enjoy, it creates happy hormones or endorphins. You’ll be way more likely to prioritise something that makes you feel good and happy, as opposed to something that makes you feel yuck and inadequate.
Tip 3: Make time for exercise
One of the easiest ways to fit in exercise to your day, is to MAKE time for it. Make exercise a priority for you – a MUST do thing, not just a “I’ll do it if I can be bothered when I get home” thing.
Have a look at your weekly plans:
- What days do you have a bit of spare time?
- Can you wake up earlier on any mornings each week?
- Can you get some exercise in after work or on the weekends?
If you can schedule it in to your week, it is way more likely to get done.
Tip 4: Trick yourself into doing more exercise
The best way to exercise more is when you barely even notice you’re doing it. Incidental exercise is a great way to move your body when you don’t like actually “working out” per se.
What’s incidental exercise? It’s exercise you do without even realising, or exercise you do whilst doing something else or going somewhere else.
To do more incidental exercise, you could:
- Park a block further away from your work place to increase the distance you walk.
- Decide to walk or cycle to work instead of drive (even part of the way).
- Walk to your coffee shop on your lunch break instead of drive.
It can be super simple to trick yourself into doing more exercise, why not give it a go?
Tip 5: Exercise with a friend
I don’t know about you, but I am way more likely to exercise if a friend is waiting on me. Knowing that your friend is standing outside in the cold unless you get your butt up and out of bed is a great motivator.
Ways to fit in exercise with a friend:
- Instead of just going for a coffee, go for a walk beforehand
- Sign up for a fun run together
- Do a virtual workout over zoom together – like an online yoga or Pilates class
If socialising is a priority for you, this way you’ll get the best of both worlds!
Overall, the most important thing when it comes to fitting in exercise is to do what works for you! Exercise should be something enjoyable, not something that you dread. Moving your body can be super fun, and has so many benefits for your health.
Please, if you’re struggling to fit exercise in to your life do reach out. I want to help!