6 Tips to Make Time for the Gym
What’s up guys?
I wanted to talk for a second about a very popular, and maybe touchy subject, “making time for the gym”, AKA: making time for what you love.
Working with clients in the past I’ve always been asking this question, “How do I fit my gym time into my busy schedule?”
Common complaints are: “I work full time”, “I have kids”, or simply “I don’t have time”. And I get it, finding time for things can be difficult. Between feeding yourself, working a full time job, going to school, getting to the grocery store, commuting to work, or actually getting enough sleep to be functional, your schedule can feel pretty full. That being said, my answer to the above question is always the same: People find time for what they love. It’s just that simple. If you love it, you will find time for it. And if you don’t love it now, after you start, you will.
Here are 6 tips for getting exercise more consistently:
1. Make it
The most simple, and sometimes most infuriating answer I give people when they say they don’t have time to work out is “make time”. Not the answer you wanted probably. The simple fact is that you do have time, you’re just spending it in places you don’t realize. In your average day there are at least a couple hours that you could shave off by cutting out the extras. TV is the big one, You would be shocked to learn how much TV the average person watches. You have time. You’re just spending it doing other things, when you could be doing what you love. Identify what it is in your day that is eating up your time, and consider replacing it with gym time. You can also being more efficient with your cooking and meal prep, use smoothies to eat on the go so you can save a little time here and there. It adds up!
2. Work out in the morning
This is an obvious one, but it takes a little bit of discipline. Waking up early to put more hours in your day is a good way to fit in a workout, but it does require you get adequate sleep. This means going to bed early. For me, this means really early. If you can’t get 7-8 hours of sleep because you’re waking up early to go to the gym, it’s not worth it. BUT if you can be dedicated, and get to bed early, this can make your life 1000 times better, and not only that, it’ll put you in an amazing mood for the rest of the day, which will carry over into all other aspects of your life as well.
3. Work out during lunch
This may be a tough one for a lot of people, and some may not be able to do it. For me, there was a time when I would have a lunch break in between shifts, and I would head straight to the gym. “But what about lunch?!”. Good question. The way I made this work, was simply eating while on shift, like all the time. I would make a kale smoothie, packed with dense calories, and snack snack snack before lunch time, and by then I wasn’t hungry and could go work out. After lifting I would have a protein shake which I would drink while I was at work. Obviously this strategy won’t work for everyone because some jobs won’t allow it, but hey, were exploring all options! This could also be an option for you if you were intermittent fasting and wanted to exercise during your fasted time, but you would definitely need to do some meal planning so you could eat something quick and nutritious immediately after.
4. Work out with your dog (or cat?)
Getting a dog for the purpose of getting active is one of the first recommendations for weight loss, and for good reason! Dogs need a lot of exercise. If you can’t get to the gym, go running with your dog, they need it and you need it too. There’s even a new trend going on where you take your dog and put him/her on your shoulders and do squats! Just youtube “squat your dog”. Your pup will thank you, and your body will too.
5. Change your workout plan
Keep it simple! If you know your time is limited and have already scheduled out your day to maximize your time in the gym, change your workout plan to be quick and efficient. Work out 3 days a week instead of 5. Examples of this would be doing a full body workout 3 days a week, and maybe a little cardio after. Oddly enough, a lot of my clients have seen amazing results when they simplified their workouts. The key is to have a quickly intense full body workout that uses mainly compound movements, leaving you pretty taxed by the end. Then your body has more time to efficiently recover and the results come faster! This time saver is more efficient and can definitely be a win win for some people.
6. Work out at home
There are plenty of workouts you can do without leaving the house, and many of them require minimal equipment. For example, planking can be an amazing way to get a workout in a short period of time, and with no equipment other than your own body. Other movements, such as bodyweight squats, jump squats, push ups, jumping jacks, sit ups, and more advanced movements as well when you want to progress these. If you have any questions about these email me! I can send you some links to some good bodyweight workout routines or maybe I’ll design one for you 😉
What’s your excuse? 😉 Go to the gym!
If you need anything or have suggestions shoot me an email! I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!