So, you want to be more active but can’t seem to fit workouts into your busy schedule?

 

This was one of my biggest complaints just a few months ago, when I was literally putting everything ahead of eating right and working out.

 

“I’m working full time and trying to blog and be a wife and a friend and All the Things,” I would say. “I just can’t find the time to work out.”

 

Then I caught myself.

 

Rewind to the Year 2012, when I was working 8.30 to 5 as a court assistant, with a 2.5 hour daily commute, coaching three clients a week, AND studying full time.

 

I was also in pre-prep for a bikini competition, training for a half marathon, and still finding time to socialise.

 

I was doing WAY MORE with my time back then, yet I was still finding time to train 2.5 hours a day.

 

And here I was unable to find 30 minutes?

 

That couldn’t be it!

 

But that was it, and here’s why:

 

You will never be able to “FIND” the time.

 

The truth is, you’ll always have a million things screaming for your attention at any given moment.

 

Those things will never stop. A spare 30 minutes in your day will never just magically appear.

 

If you want something to happen, you have to MAKE the time for it. And if you want it to happen badly enough, you will.

 

Back then, I didn’t “find” time in my day to workout. I made the time.

 

It was simply non-negotiable.

 

I had to make sacrifices, like extra sleep and lunch breaks.

 

It was about choosing different habits and working smarter, not harder.

 

Each minute counted.

 

I had to schedule in my workouts like appointments. They became just as important as work, study, or my business.

 

And so as I’ve been going through this fitness journey, more and more I realise that I need that same mentality again.

 

So, as I go through this fitness journey, I’m delving back into my past for clues and that’s what I’m sharing here today. Here are some tips for making time for exercise in your day – no matter how busy.

 

#1: Break workout sessions into smaller chunks

 

If squeezing an hour chunk into your day isn’t doable right now – no worries. Look for 15 minute bursts!

 

3 x 15-20 minute bursts of activity throughout your day = 60 minutes of daily activity. Yay!

 

Every little bit helps. It doesn’t have to be one long session to count.

 

For example, 9-years-ago me would often break up 1 hour and 15 minutes of training like this:

 

#2: Find ways to increase your activity throughout the day

 

There are so many ways to be more active throughout the day without needing to allocate giant chunks of extra time.

 

There are a bunch of different ways that you can stay active and fit even if you can’t make it to the gym – most are free, and don’t take up a lot of extra time.

 

This is called “incidental exercise” – ways to be more active while going about your regular daily activities.

 

For example you could:

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#3: Schedule it in your calendar

 

Block out your workouts like an important appointment – as if your boss expected you to show up. Physically mark them out in your calendar – like a date with yourself you can’t break.

 

Think about it: you don’t hit the snooze button ad nauseum until you literally miss work, because you know your boss and co-workers would be mad. Treat yourself and your workouts with the same level of non-negotiable commitment.

 

Sometimes the only way to make workouts fit into your busy schedule is to actually make them part of your busy schedule.

 

Work out a time of day that usually works best for you and block it out at a regular time every day. That way, it builds the habit in your own mind and it will become normal for others around you too. It’s win win.

 

#4: Try working out with a friend

 

Not only does working out with a friend help to keep you motivated and accountable, because there’s another person counting on you to show up, but going to the gym ticks two boxes at once – getting fit and socialising at the same time.

 

Doing a class with a friend is super fun, great for bonding, and has even been shown to be more effective. Plus, classes typically run at similar times each week, so it’s easy to make it a consistent staple in your calendar.

 

#5: Choose a sacrifice

 

Okay I’m going to lovingly hit you with a bit of real talk.

 

If you’re really busy, but you have some big fitness goals you want to hit?

 

You’re more than likely going to have to sacrifice something to fit workouts into your busy schedule.

 

Whether that’s an extra 30 minutes of sleep in the morning, a hefty chunk of your lunch break, or a nightly Bridgerton binge fest: something’s gotta go.

 

For example, if you have littles, and the only time you can work out is early in the morning, it might mean adjusting your schedule so you go to bed earlier and can wake up earlier to work out.

 

If you spend your lunch break – I don’t know – chatting to your colleagues in the lunch room, pack a lunch you can easily shovel down at your desk later, and go for a walk or run around the block, or hit a gym close to work.

 

And most of us can find at least 20 minutes a day in the amount of time spent scrolling social media.

 

Look realistically at your schedule.  You’ll be amazed at how easily 30 minutes a day turns up with a little creative thought.

 

#6: Don’t do nothing just because you can’t do something

 

So you snoozed your alarm and now you only have 15 minutes to workout? Great! You can still get a good workout in 15 minutes.

 

It doesn’t matter if you only have 15 minutes to work out today.  You’ll still get better results by doing a 15 minute workout than you would not bothering to exercise because you only had 15 minutes.

 

#7: Work smarter, not harder

 

Listen, I love a good drawn out cardio session just as much as the next gal, but sometimes I don’t have that kind of time.

 

This is where I just need to get in, get out, and get it done in under 30 minutes – and, like the point above, you can still get in a GREAT workout in a short amount of time.

 

On days when you’re short on time, the trick is to work smarter, not harder. This means:

 

Conclusion

 

It can be challenging to fit workouts into an already busy schedule! However, no matter how busy you are, with a little creativity you can still maximise the time you DO have to get in a killer workout.

 

By being smart with your time, working out smarter not harder, and adding more incidental activity to your day, even the most frantic person can find ways to add workouts to their busy schedule.

 

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