So, you’re busy. Not enough hours in the day, or evening for that matter, to get everything done. And research tells us that one of the first activities to get squeezed out of packed schedules is exercise.
I work with a lot of business owners and they all tell me the same things. There is simply too much going on and they’re finding it difficult to stay on top of everything. Factor in the pressures of life outside of work, and it’s easy to see why they stop exercising.
So, here are five fitness tips if you’re time-poor, because however busy you are, you should never be too busy for your health and wellbeing.
1 Morning is often best: I hear all the time that busy business people get to the end of the working day, which is usually way beyond 5pm, and they are just too tired to train. Energy levels are low.
Well, there’s plenty of research out there that suggest you should switch your exercise regime to the morning. On an empty stomach, it’s the best way to burn stored fat, making it a good way to lose weight. (not sure this is totally true and its not something we encourage)
Morning exercisers may have less of an appetite through the day.
And getting a sweat on before work can also lead to better mental health and productivity during the day, since exercise is a great stress reliever.
2 Be disciplined about your sleep patterns: sleep and exercise go hand in hand. Busy people find it difficult to switch off, they go to bed late and then just don’t have the energy in the morning to get up a little earlier and exercise. This is very common. Sleep hygiene is an important part of our wellbeing and it’s key to keeping fit.
3 Have your kit ready: it’s early, you’re still waking up, and now you can’t find a pair of joggers. So you give up and jump in the shower. Could this be you? Getting your gear together the night before so it’s waiting for you at your bedside removes another excuse to avoid it.
4 Plan your regime: whether you’re training at the beginning or at the end of the day, it helps to plan ahead. It means there is no delay while you make up your mind. We find our clients like working with us because we help them to plan their workout sessions, giving them one less thing for their busy minds to think about.
5 Remove all distractions: especially in the morning, it’s easy to get dragged into the working day. So if you’re getting ready for a morning workout, resist the temptation to have a peak at your phone, unless it’s just to choose your Spotify tracks. For many busy people, getting active and fit is about removing barriers that simply make it too difficult. So make it easy for yourself, build it into your routine, and you won’t look back.