Here’s an important concept when it comes to working out. If you’re waiting for there to be time in your busy schedule, it’s never going to happen – at least not on a regular basis. You have to make working out part of your schedule. But that doesn’t mean you have to drop everything else.

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

—Maya Angelou

The first important thing to realize is that there is no right or wrong way to exercise. If getting up 45 minutes early so you can go for a run before work works for you, great. But if it doesn’t, don’t fret it. That run will be just as effective late in the afternoon after work, or even at night on the treadmill.

When I was working full-time I ran after work.  It was my routine and once set it became a habit I very really missed.  Now I run or gym in the mornings.  My daughter on the other had has to fit it in with running an online business and managing a family as a solo mum.  However, I understand not everyone is like us and enjoys exercise like we do.

So you don’t have to do everything in one block of time. Working out in five or ten minute intervals can be just as effective. Do a few stretches when you first get up in the morning and do your sit ups during commercial breaks while you’re watching TV at night. By fitting workouts in here and there throughout the day, you can get a lot done without having to rework your entire schedule and it won’t seem quite like exercise this way.

Of course it helps if you can block out some dedicated time to work out.This way it becomes a habit and not so much of a chore, but if you’re busy, that may take some creative thinking. Getting up early so you can get your workout in before the rest of your day takes over is probably your best option but lets look at some others.  Schedule a quick workout and a packed lunch at your desk during your lunch break it you work in an office or from home. Go for a walk or head to the gym  while you’re waiting for your child to finish their after school activities. Look through your schedule and find those little pockets of time that would otherwise be wasted. Instead of sitting in your car for 30 minutes to wait on your child, get out and move around.

 

Last but not least, I want you to realize that it’s ok to take the time to go work out. Making sure you’re in shape and are doing something for yourself makes you a much better parent, spouse and friend. It’s not selfish to schedule in a workout three days a week or head out for a run after work.

Take that time to make sure you stay in shape. Not only will you feel better if you do, chances are you’ll avoid a slew of health issues down the road that would otherwise take you away from your family and loved ones for much longer than the few hours per week you spend working out.

For me, fitness is not just about hitting the gym; it is also about an inner happiness and an overall well-being.

~Rakul Preet Singh