This is something I get asked often – how do I find the time to exercise while still working full time? So I thought I’d pull together a quick post with my top 5 tips:
1. PLAY THE FIELD
Essentially, try everything at least once! You can’t say you hate something if you’ve never tried it – besides, ensuring that you try different classes takes your mind off the prospect of organising workouts. Sure it means you’ll have to get there by a certain time, but let this be a test for your time management skills.. PLUS you can use the moves you learn to inform your next gym session.
2. FIND YOUR PASSION
Once you’ve done step 1, step 2 will come naturally. Once you’ve tried everything, you can refine your class schedule to the ones that you enjoy – there’s no point forcing yourself to do a workout that you hate. Find classes you enjoy and you’ll always want to make the time to go workout!
3. GET A BUDDY
You’re way less likely to cancel a gym session if you’re going with someone, so schedule in a gym date and make plans to reward yourselves with a protein shake and catch up afterwards. When you’re working it can be hard to make time to catch up with friends, so this is a two-birds-one-stone situation: win win!
4. DON’T FIND TIME, MAKE TIME
One of my favourite sayings: we don’t “have” time to workout, we “make” time to workout. If you truly want to workout, you will. I often find myself running at 6:30AM before work, to work, from work, in my lunch break or rushing across London after work to get to a workout on time. Time management is tricky. Sure it would be easier to just go home and sloth out, but I know working out makes me feel good, so I make time for it!
5. DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF
Sometimes we do all we can but it just doesn’t workout – you need the rest, you miss the tube or you’re simply not in the mood. It’s happened to all of us. Don’t punish yourself – simply take the time out to recharge your batteries and start again tomorrow.
What works for you? Are you an early bird or do you like a social workout?