Time Management For Fitness: 6 Ways to Squeeze in Exercise Daily

No time for working out? Learn how to effectively manage your day so that you can squeeze in the most physical activity possible.

Life can feel pretty hectic at times. Juggling work, family, and whatever is left of your social life can be a real challenge. In amidst of handling the obligations of life, it can be hard to find the time to exercise on a regular basis—let alone the motivation.

The problem is that if you wait for the perfect opportunity to get your exercise in, that time will never come. Or if it does, it won’t be a common occurrence.

If you truly want to make exercise a daily habit, then all you have to do is look for these opportunities within your schedule to workout. Here are some time-tested methods to make your workouts fit your schedule.

1. Get it done first thing in the morning

For a lot of people, the morning is actually the best time to exercise. It is a great way to wake up your body and your brain for a more productive day. Plus, there are much fewer obligations in the morning time, which means that there will be less distractions in your way.

Things like emails, phone meetings, and work in general can wait.

 
 Getting in a morning stretch before I start my day.

Getting in a morning stretch before I start my day.

 

2. Save travel time and money by working out at home

Gym memberships can be costly and so can be the time required to drive yourself there every time you want to workout. You can save yourself the travel time and a few dollars each month by working out at home.

There are plenty of exercises that you can do at home that require nothing but your bodyweight. You can even double common household furnishings as exercise equipment; like a chair to do dips or you can climb up and down the stairs for cardio. The possibilities are limitless.

3. Donate part of your lunch break to maintaining your health

The average lunch break is about half an hour long. But does it really take 30 whole minutes to scarf down that peanut butter and jelly sandwich you brought for lunch today?

4. Unwind with a relaxing evening stretch

I get it. The last thing you want to do when you get home after a long day is workout. Surely, that comfy couch of yours looks like a more enticing way to relieve stress. You’ll be surprised at how much more relaxed you can feel after even just 5-10 minutes of gentle stretching.

As an added benefit, you’ll find that it can be a lot easier to sleep restfully when your body isn’t holding onto excessive tension. But I guess you’ll have to try it to believe it.

5. Explore new forms of leisurely activities

There are plenty of leisurely activities that can also double as exercise. Hiking or jogging outdoors, for example, can be great for relieving stress while giving you a healthy dose of sunshine and fresh air.

Not only will this give you a well deserved break from the realities of every day life, but you will also get a great workout at the same time.

6. Treat your workout as an appointment, with yourself

When you make an appointment with a doctor, you will usually do your best to follow through with your commitment. After all, it would be inconsiderate to flake out just because you didn’t feel like going.

In a nutshell, it doesn’t matter what form of exercise you choose. Or even when you choose to do it. What matters most is that you get it done by the end of the day. All it takes is 30 minutes of exercise at least 3-4 days a week to significantly improve your health.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to accountability. We all have the same 24 hours in a day and the same 7 days in a week. It’s up to you to choose how you spend yours.