Four Tips to Incorporate Exercise into a Busy Schedule

Career focused women. Full-time moms and students. Brides planning weddings.

There’s a common theme here– Limited time. These women are busy.

We only have 24 hours in a day. But luckily we get to choose how we spend those hours. We can spend them binge-watching our favorite Netflix or we can choose self improvement.

It can be tough at the end of a long day to make the choice to exercise. We know what we should do. But too often the draw to relax is greater than the draw to exercise.

Life is busy. We will always have competing priorities. Social norms make it easy for us to skip our workout.

A goal and a strong why are key in keeping you motivated. And preparation will always equal success.

If you are a busy female looking for ways to maximize your day and get your sweat on– check out my four favorite ways to incorporate exercise into a busy schedule!

1. Make a date.

Schedule it. Physically write your workout in your calendar. Make exercise a priority by blocking out non-negotiable time in your calendar. You wouldn’t back out on a coffee date with your BFF at the last minute– so why back out on an exercise date with yourself?

I typically take time on a Sunday to plan out my workouts for the coming week. I schedule them in my calendar and use a different color to denote their importance.

2. Keep it short, but intense.

If finding time in your day to exercise is one of your biggest barriers, be smart with the types of workouts you choose. Choose short duration, efficient, effective workouts. You can torch calories in under 30 minutes with the right type of workout. If you’re crunched for time, going for a walk isn’t the most efficient means to burn calories in the time you have. Instead, consider a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout.

During the work week I have limited time to exercise in the morning. To make the most of the time that I have I choose PiYo or one of my own HIIT workouts 2-3 days per week.

3. Incorporate exercise into your daily tasks.

Ah. This is seriously one of my favorite ways to exercise! You can turn your everyday tasks into a quick workout.

Need a few items from the store? Consider running there with a backpack and walking back home. Bike commute to work once a week. Park at the back of the parking lot when going to the store. Choose the stairs over the elevator. Gardening, house work, push-mowing the yard– all great ways to get your heart pumping while doing tasks you need to do anyway.

The local grocery story is just over a mile from our house. When we are unable to exercise before work, but need to pick up a few grocery staples, we will usually run there

4. Exercise at home.

Seriously. The biggest time-saver.

Exercise can become a daunting task when it involves having to actually go somewhere to do it. The gym, a group fitness class, the pool– all great options for exercise, but when you are crunched for time, your 40 minute boot camp is now probably an hour and a half when you factor in travel. For a lot of people this is a huge deterrent to exercise.

So why not take a different approach? In-home workouts can be just as (or even more!) effective as that in-person boot camp.

90% of my workouts are completed at home or starting from my home (like runs and bike rides). I wouldn’t have it any other way. When my alarm goes off in the morning, all I have to do is pop in the PiYo DVD and 30 minutes later I’m done. In-home workouts are the most efficient use of my time.

Take Action

Are you a busy female who has been neglecting your workouts because you are crunched for time? Are you looking for support and accountability to help you meet your fitness goals? Do you want to finish the summer strong?

I would love for you to join me for the Team INSPIRE Summer SHRED!

Be part of a group of women all focused on getting fit and strong using efficient and effective workouts and nutrition. The best part? The group will be led by some phenomenal fitness experts, medical professionals, and nutrition gurus– all ready and excited to give you tips and answer all your questions. It’s going to be good.

♥amanda maureen

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