“But I don’t have time to work out”

By Terri Ross

“I’d like to start a workout regimen, but Terri, I just don’t have time”. I have heard this many times. Time is a precious commodity and it seems no one has enough of it. So what do you do when you are super busy but know you need to start exercising?

First, write out your calendar and really look at it. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes per a week, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, or some combination of the two. This breaks down to 30 minutes, 5 days a week. You have 1,440 minutes in every day; I bet that you can find 30 minutes to dedicate to yourself.

Here are some ways to fit in those daily workouts:

Get up an hour earlier: Dedicating this hour in the morning might seem daunting at first, but this hour is for you! This is not for the kids, or the husband, or for your boss; this is for you! It may take you a week or so to get used to it, but I promise, it won’t take long to see the benefits. Trainers at MJ Fit are available super early and ready to help you reach your goals.

Schedule your workout as if it is an appointment: This is the number one tool that works for me. Show up for yourself at that appointment. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

Put that phone down: It is so incredibly easy to get sucked in, I know. But you have an appointment with yourself and you’re going to be late! Facebook, Instagram, your email, and Words with Friends will all be there for you when you get back from the gym.

Bike/Walk/Run to work: Good for the environment and good for you. You’d be surprised how much more alert and ready to go you will be once you get to work. Exercise improves cognitive ability and gives us energy. You will be sharp as a tack, and ready to go!

Use your lunch hour: Get your power walk in, walk a few flights of stairs, or tuck a resistance band into your purse. They take up almost no room and you can get in a quick full-body workout.

Recruit help from your family: Call on your spouse to recall those cooking skills he forgot he had, let the kids sort laundry and realize that the sky will not coming tumbling down if the house doesn’t pass the white glove test. Your spouse and your children will all benefit from you taking care of yourself. It’s not selfish to make your health and fitness a priority. 

Meal Prep: Meal prep is a thing, and you can even pay people to do it for you! Having meals prepped before the week starts, and snacks bagged, leaves more time for you to get your sweat on. Try Freshly or Friends and Foodies (local). Even companies like Hello Fresh and Home Chef can cut down on time in the kitchen every day.

I hope you find these tips helpful. And remember, we are here for you at MJ Fit. Give us a ring or shoot us an email, and let us help you crush those goals!