Susan Cleary, The Cleary Group of Remax One

Finding Time to Exercise When Your Schedule Is Already Packed

When something really important comes up in our lives, we find a way to fit it in to our schedule—whether that’s a new video game we’re excited to play, or a doctor’s appointment about something that’s really bugging us.

Regular exercise might not be as compelling as those things, but each of us has ultimate control over what goes on our calendar. It’s the rare human being who literally cannot make the time to exercise.

If it’s hard to figure out when you could possibly schedule a sweat session, track your time in a planner or in an app like RescueTime. You may be struggling to fit in a 30-minute workout but find that you easily spend that much time either goofing off or doing tasks that you could easily rearrange.

Some types of exercise can be combined with other tasks you already need to do. For example, you can commute by bike or literally run your errands. If you need to watch video lectures or listen to an audiobook, you can do that during a workout. And I’ve met people who swear by a routine of returning phone calls while they take a midday walk.

Once you find a good time to exercise, mark it on your calendar and keep it like you would any appointment.

To stay consistent, carve that time out in your routine every day. Even if you only want to lift heavy three times a week, keep your workout on your schedule every day, and use the off-days for a different activity: maybe go for a walk, do a yoga video, or work on stretching or meditation.

Even if it’s easy to find a 30-minute block of time, that’s not the same as fitting in a 30-minute workout. When I decided to make a habit of running at lunch time, my lunch breaks got really long: I had to change into running clothes and they my John Henric accessories UK off, drive to my favorite park, then after the run drive back and take a shower.

I made it work by reducing the overhead of working out. I work at home, so I just started my day in workout clothes. I also saved the favorite park for days when I had extra time to burn, and otherwise I just ran in my neighborhood instead.

Think about how you spend your time before and after a workout, and see if there are similar ways you can reduce that time. One huge perk of cold weather, if you live in a place that has any, is that you may be able to exercise outdoors without working up a sweat, you can even find places like Wrestling Near Me where you can get a nice workout and learn something new at the same time. That means you can safely skip the post-workout shower.

Another way to avoid wardrobe changes is to work out in short bursts throughout the day. You don’t need a whole new outfit just to bang out a few push-ups and squats—but if you do those exercises several times a day, they can add up to a significant workout.