Juggling your home life, demanding career, and workouts can be challenging. Unless you are a full-time athlete, you almost never have the time you need or want to train. Even if you have a solid routine, projects, dinner meetings, and the ever-growing email inbox can distract you from working on your fitness. It’s hard, I get it! Here are few of my top tips for staying more active during your work day and finding time to incorporate fitness into your work week.
Maximize your mornings
Tackling a morning workout gives me the confidence I need to take on the overbooked calendar in the office. If I take care of me first thing, I can focus my energy on everyone and everything else during the work day.
Find an accountability partner
If you have a friend that will commit to meet you for a workout, you are much more likely to make it happen.
Always keep a spare set of workout clothes and sneakers in the office or in your car so you can make that mid-day workout happen.
Schedule workout meetings
I often have walking meetings in the office. It’s an easy way to get in 30 minutes of light activity while accomplishing regular weekly status updates.
Keep workouts short and spicy
If you don’t have much time to work out, then get intense. Try 20-minute interval workouts. Go hard for 30 seconds, and then rest 1 minute. Repeat for 20 minutes. If that’s too easy, increase the work and decrease the rest.
Move or stand as much as possible
If you can stand at your desk, do it! If you’re stuck sitting in a chair, make sure you get up and move every hour or so. Go outside for a walk, or wander over to a co-worker’s desk instead of sending an email.
Find what you like
If you hate your fitness regimen, it’s highly unlikely you’ll stick to it for very long. Go try that barre class you’ve been eyeing, sign up for a 5k, or find a test out a yoga studio. Find a form of fitness you truly love and stay there.
Go extra hard on the weekends!
You have more free time, so take advantage of not being rushed.
Find an active partner
Date or marry someone who wants to be active with you. That way, you can spend quality time together while staying fit.