Last week we talked about ways to “make it work”- specifically how to keep up with healthy eating even in the midst of a chaotic and busy life. Now it’s time to talk about the other half of the equation: exercise.

Here are a couple different strategies to try:

First Things First

Exercise in the morning before you start your day. Some people aren’t morning exercisers, but if it’s already done, other things can’t get in the way.

Do Something Small

I try to start most mornings with a  walk around the neighborhood. It’s not far- maybe a mile- and doesn’t take much time. I know as soon as I sit down to check my email, it could be hours before I get up again. This way, if my workout gets pushed off, at least I’ve done something to get the blood flowing.

Squeeze It In

There’s no difference between 30 minutes of exercise and 10 minutes of exercise 3 times a day. 10 minutes before breakfast, 10 minutes at lunch time, and 10 minutes before dinner give you your fill. Grab a set of handweights and pump out a few sets, do some jumping jacks or push ups, or go for a walk. Just be sure to warm up adequately so you don’t get hurt.

hand weights

Write It Down

If you check your calendar as many times a day as I do, you’re probably going to see if you have a some gym time planned. Seeing it and planning for it help you make it happen.

schedule workouts

Make a Plan

I do beset when I’m training for something because the consequences for skipping too many workouts are more tangible. You don’t have to be actually training for something to take this approach- set a goal, pick a date, and come up with a plan. I’ve used the same approach for strength training as I do for a race- if I didn’t lift 3 times a week, I knew I’d never increase my strength or up my weights.

Form a Routine

The more consistent you can be, the easier it is to stick with it. Many people operate on a routine- there’s a specific time they get up in the morning, come home from work, eat dinner, etc. Add exercise to that routine to help you keep it up even when things get busy.

Take a Class/Recruit a Buddy

Knowing spin class is every Wednesday at 7 can help you get there even when you’re tempted not to. It helps you plan around your workout time, and seeing other people in class can help motivate you to go. Having a workout buddy- someone you meet for a walk, you go to a class with, or you meet at the gym- helps keep you accountable too. You may ditch your own workout for a wimpy excuse, but you probably wouldn’t ditch your friend unless it was important.

sign up for gym class

Pay for a Class/Membership

Prepay for a month of yoga classes or boot camp, etc. If you’ve already paid upfront, the chances of you making it to that class are pretty good. Winking smile

 

How do you stay on track?

 

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