6 Ways to Make Time to Exercise

Anyone else’s week been incredibly busy?  Like, more than usual?  My husband started a new job this past week, so we’ve been waking up earlier, going to bed a little later, and having to rearrange other things in our schedules to account for it.  Between working late, a work meeting, grocery shopping on a weeknight, writing up some blog posts and editing photos, then traveling back to my parents’ house for the weekend, it feels like life has been nonstop.

6 Ways To Make Time To Exercise

I’m know I’m not the only one this busy!  I don’t have kids and things already seem chaotic!  My typical day looks something like this: rush to get to the gym at 5 a.m., rush to get ready for work in less than 30 minutes, work work work (and try to get some edits done around lunchtime!), rush to come home because I’m HANGRY, do dishes, journal/blog, grab a nighttime snack, annnnnd it’s bedtime. Certainly not a lot of wiggle room in that schedule.  Because Josh and I are already so busy, we’ve both committed our mornings to the gym. I LOVE that my husband and I can go together and push each other every single day!

If you’ve been putting off exercising for a while now, but really want to get started, I’ve got some tips for you!  We know exercise is so good for our mental health and our physical health, so it’s important that we make time to do it.  Obviously, your motivation and drive is key, but if you’re ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle and find time to exercise, then check out these 6 ways to make time to exercise!

6 Ways to Make Time to Exercise

Making Time for Exercise

1. Commit to a time.

For me, morning time is gym time.  Always has been, always will be.  I feel stronger in the morning and it’s a great way to start my day.  But it comes with a sacrifice (AKA precious sleep).  My alarm goes off at 4:15 every morning and I get my butt in gear to be at the gym by 5.  It’s just what works for me.  Maybe nighttime or after work is your thing.  Whatever time you choose, stay consistent!  It will eventually become habit!

2. Meal prep!

Yep, get those veggies ready to go for the whole week!  If you can spare an hour on a weekend to chop your veggies and portion out your meats, it will give you that much more time to fit in a quick 30 minutes of activity.  And if you’re new to meal prepping and need some tips, this article should get you started in no time!  P.S. This Thai Curry is just one example – less than 30 minutes!

3. Utilize your lunch break

Your hour or hour-and-a-half lunch break is the perfect time to get a little sweaty.  Assuming that most of your work is caught up, use half of your lunch break to take a walk or go for a jog.  In some cases, you might have a local gym right up the road that’s convenient to get to during the workweek.  Little sweaty afterward?  Clean up quickly with a fast shower, and use a little dry shampoo to give your hair some life back!

4. Join a class

I had such a hard time staying motivated when I first started working out.  I just couldn’t force myself to want to leave the house to go sweat.  So I joined a workout class at my college’s gym.  I liked having a place to go where people would notice if I was missing!  Because I had a set time to be there, I actually went and enjoyed it!

5. Grab an at-home workout…

… and give it your all!  Find something you can stick with at home, whether it’s P-90X or Jillian Michaels or a yoga DVD you found at Target.  If that’s what gets you going, then go for it!  If home workouts aren’t your thing, take the kids outside for a game of kickball or toss the football around.  It’s a great way to work up a sweat and spend time with your family.

6. Find some accountability

If you’re not a naturally active person, it can be really difficult to stay on task with exercising regularly.  This is where friends come in handy!  Find a friend that wants to live actively, too, and connect.  All it takes is a simple, “What did you do for a workout today?” text to get you motivated!  If you hadn’t already sweat that day, there’s your chance.  Hold each other accountable and talk about your setbacks and accomplishments.  This is my favorite motivator by far!

With how busy our lives are, I totally understand that we don’t necessarily HAVE time to get to the gym, but we can definitely MAKE time.  And right there is the difference.  Stop telling yourself it isn’t possible to find time to exercise because it most certainly is!  Most of us know how great exercise is for our bodies and our minds; it’s such a key player in an overall healthy lifestyle.  I know you can do it!

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How are you making time to stay active? Which one of these 6 ways to make time to exercise can you implement this week?

Bio: Hi! I’m Kasey, author of the blog Blonde vs Barbell. I’m a full-time Physician Assistant with an enormous passion for health, nutrition, fitness, and wellness in general (don’t worry – there’s still cookies involved)! I want to share my passions with you, in the hopes that you’ll create a healthy lifestyle you love! Find me at https://blondevsbarbell.com!

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