How to Fit in Exercise Even if You Have a Busy Schedule


The Vicious Cycle

We all know we need to get some kind of exercise on a regular basis to perform at our best. That even includes job performance. If our bodies are not performing optimally, that affects everything from memory and brain function, to reducing stress and anxiety.

Ironically, the more stressed we are at work, and the more long hours we slave away at the office, we convince ourselves that we’re too tired or there’s no time to exercise. Then the cycle starts all over again.

So What’s a Busy Person to Do?

When most people think of working out, they think of logging in an hour on a cardio machine. After that, forget about fitting in weights or strength training. The key here is to work out smarter, not longer, and to find an exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise so you will look forward to doing it. To work out more efficiently, try high-intensity interval training, Tabata training, or running.

These do not require as much of a time commitment, and you get more bang for your buck. Also, not everyone loves running, swimming, or yoga. If you don’t enjoy your workout, you will find reasons to skip it. If you love biking, try a spin class. If you love dancing, try a group hip hop class. If friendly competition is more your speed, sign up for an intramural soccer, softball, or flag football league in your area.


How to Stick to It

Once you’ve found an exercise that you like, make sure you set a schedule and stick to it as much as possible. Of course, unexpected work issues will pop up from time to time, but don’t let them derail you. Something is always better than nothing.

So even if that meeting ran late and you only have 20 minutes to spare, go for a quick walk, jog, or bike ride. One way to stay on course is to keep track of your workouts. When you log them into an exercise journal, you will begin to see your progress, and you will be motivated to achieve new fitness goals. Staying active is an integral part of your overall health. By making time for exercise, you will start to see a positive difference in many aspects of your life, including work. Making time for it will pay off.

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