Learning how to consistently fit exercise into your day to day to routine isn’t really about “finding more time” (it’s not like you can bargain to get 25 hours instead of 24), but rather figuring out ways to make exercise more convenient.
Right now, you might feel like there’s no way you can fit a trip to the gym or even a run around the neighborhood into your weekday schedule. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there before.
Life gets busy for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you have to put exercise on the backburner.
Below, lifestyle, wellness and fitness expert Jay Bradley offers four tips that will help you learn how to make exercise more convenient so that you can always fit it into your schedule, even if it’s a just a short session.
1. Do your best to workout first thing in the morning.
“Those people who get their exercise routine accomplished before heading to work have much better odds of sticking with it,” Bradley said. “It can be very challenging to commit to a workout after a long day and when your energy is low.”
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2. Commit to a friend and/or fitness trainer.
“Working out isn’t always fun or easy and by scheduling a session with somebody you enjoy like a good friend or a professional, it makes it much less likely that you’ll cancel,” Bradley explained.
3. Choose a gym that’s close to home.
“The people who are most likely to continue a regular workout routine are those that have a gym within a mile of either their home or office,” Bradley said. “When something is inconvenient or out of the way, it is more likely that you’ll simply skip it.”
4. Work with a trainer to create a routine that is shorter in length.
“These days, there are numerous exercises including interval cardio that take less time but are just as, if not more effective than those that take longer,” Bradley said. “By choosing a shorter routine, it’s easier to fit it into your busy schedule.”