14 August 2012

Fitness for Busy People: 4 Tips to Make the Time to Work Out

This is a guest post by Aniya Wells. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here. 

One of the biggest roadblocks to accomplishing fitness goals is feeling like you don’t have enough time to work out. Even if you’re completely bogged down by work or your college degree program, there is always a bit of extra time in the day to get your blood flowing and your muscles working.

In fact, it is often simply the thought that there isn’t enough time that blocks people from trying, even if that isn’t really the reality. And, with the help of a little planning ahead and even some modern technology, anyone can make the time to hit the gym or get a workout elsewhere. Next time you feel like ditching your fitness goals because of the ticking clock, try out some of these ideas for fitting fitness into even the busiest of schedules.

1. Multitask at the gym 
If you find that it’s hard to make time for the gym because you simply have too much work to do, then why not combine your workout with your work time? There are plenty of ways to get your heart pumping and multitask at the same time. If you’re a student, you can read while on the treadmill or elliptical. Or try downloading lectures or audio books and listening to them on your mp3 player or smart phone as you lift weights or stretch.

2. Get up earlier and go to sleep earlier 
This seems simple, but it really is the first thing that keeps most people from working out. If you have a fitness goal in mind but you think to yourself, “I just don’t have time for that. I would have to get up way too early, and I would lose too much sleep,” there is a simple solution. Go to sleep early and get up earlier in the morning! If you simply adjust your routine so you have an extra hour in the morning, you can easily make it to the gym or do exercises at home.

3. Do real workouts at home 
Making it to the gym is another thing that many people find difficult to fit into a busy schedule. It’s true; the commute and the time it takes to weave your way among other gym-goers while trying to get that cardio finished can definitely add hours to your day. But, that is no excuse not to get physical. There are tons of great exercise videos designed for total fitness at home. Even if it doesn’t feel quite the same as hitting the gym, it’s much better than nothing.

4. Utilize your lunch break 
Instead of suffering through your day tied up at the office, feeling like there is no way out and no way to lose weight or build muscle, why not utilize that time and put some of it toward your fitness goals? Try looking for a gym that is close to your office. Bring your gym clothes to work, change in the bathroom and head out. Get in a good 40-minute workout every day, and eat something healthy later at your desk.

About the author

Aniya Wells particularly loves reading and writing about online education, although her interests span different niches as well, including fitness, green living, personal finance, parenting, and more. The right accredited online degree programs are hard to find, and Aniya's ultimate passion is to help her readers understand the maze of online education and to help students of all disciplines reach their academic and life goals. She can be reached for questions or comments at aniyawells@gmail.com

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