Ever said to a friend: “I want to work out, but I just can’t seem to find the time?”
You are not alone. Many people struggle with a lack of time when trying to fit their fitness into their busy daily schedules. But it can be done! With the right mindset and motivation, you can get anything done in your day.
Many creatives are trying to balance everything from Photoshoots, Social media, Work, Family, Editing, Planning, etc. However, it is necessary to plan each and every day out so you have time for what is truly important and that is getting out and moving your body.
Exercise boosts endorphins, protects your heart, strengthens your bones and muscles, lowers stress, and makes you feel like a better version of yourself. It’s worth doing and it’s good for you, so if you want to exercise and you are healthy and able-bodied, then you likely have time.
Some of the busiest people I know find a way to work out regularly for their health, and they’re willing to sacrifice something to make it happen. For them, exercise is a non-negotiable because of how it makes them feel.
During your lunch break take a 15-minute stroll around the block, clear your head and put your tunes in. You will feel refreshed for the rest of the day and you will get a quick and easy workout from it. Walking is also really good for your body- It can prevent conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, and it helps with weight loss, builds muscle and endurance, supports coordination and balance, and improves your mood.
Plan ahead and try something new!
Many people claim they don’t have time to work out simply because they’ve decided in advance that it’ll be terrible. Two pieces of advice: first, try to let go of any judgment of what you think exercise will be like, based on either previous experience or some other thought in your head. Second, allow yourself to wonder what it would be like to enjoy exercise. I mean, what if exercise was fun? ...Can you even imagine?
From this clean mental slate, within a week, pick three types of workouts to try. Maybe you’ve done them before, maybe you haven’t, it doesn’t matter. Be open-minded with variety and length, get creative, ask around, and don’t spend a bunch of time or money trying to perfectly plan out the best three forms of exercise you could possibly do. Then, see what you like and what you don’t.
Maybe the whole going to a class thing was not your jam and you realized you despise biking indoors. Maybe you preferred to combine friend time with a hike. Maybe you appreciated being able to do a workout from social media in your living room. Maybe you tried all of these things and then thought, nah, I’ll stick to running. But over the course of a week, try on a few workout styles and evaluate which ones you’d potentially do again!
Find what makes you happy!
Now take the workout you liked the most (or hated the least!) and plan to do it at least twice a week! For example, ask your friend if you can get together on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. for a 30-minute workout, before you both head to the office. Your goal is to get out and get active at least twice a week. Working out doesn't have to be a chore, make it fun and make it a priority because, in the long run, you want your health on your side!
Thanks for reading! Let us know in the comments what your favorite activity is and how often you are doing it!