On extremely busy work days, you might forget to eat lunch or work through it. And, after back to back meetings all day, the last thing you want to do is complete a workout. According to research from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 28 percent of Americans ages six or older are physically inactive. On a list written by WebMD, a lack of time is the main reason why people don’t exercise. Here are a few ways you can make a little “you” time and squeeze in a workout.
Get Up Earlier
It may be tough to leave your comfortable bed in the morning, but try exercising first thing when you wake up. Simply have all of your workout clothes ready to go before you head to bed at night. This will allow you to keep the rest of your day’s schedule near normal.
Take Your Children with You
If your gym offers a daycare, take advantage of it. If your workout usually involves an outdoor jog, get a jogging stroller to bring the kids along with you!
Find a Friend
If you have trouble sticking to a workout by yourself, try doing it with a friend. This will help you stay accountable and ensure that you both make it to the gym or studio.
Try Incorporating Bodyweight Exercises
Even if you don’t have access to barbells, stair climbers, or kettlebells, you can still get in shape by just using bodyweight. Think of exercises that you can do at your desk or at home while catching up on your favorite shows. Don’t forget about squats, lunges, and jumping jacks!
Keep a Fitness Log
Write down every time you work out, along with the exercises you completed. This will help you keep track of your progress and will show you some results of your workouts, and how you’ve been able to get into better shape.
Limit Your Workout to a Few Times a Week
If you’re new to working out, you may not realize that your body does need some time to rest. Try doing your workout three days a week to start. This will give you time to recoup and ease into a new workout routine.