Putting regular exercise in your lifestyle requires commitment – a strong one at that. It’s no joke to wake up early to jog or begin the day with physical activities. It takes determination to still be motivated to head to the gym after a whole day of running errands. Time is gold, and it is probably the most expensive requirement of deciding to work out and dedicate yourself to that health journey.
Busyness is one of the ultimate roadblock to attempting to start the engine. Excluding laziness, and busyness will definitely be the top reason, you may also say “excuse”, why many people do not exercise regularly. We understand that because you perhaps have used that reasoning or alibi already.
Regular exercise has tons of fruitful advantages though. You are certainly aware of that fact because since preschool, students have been taught how exercise is one of the major needs of human health. You realize that even more mindfully as you grow up and come face to face with some health conditions. Physical activity is totally essential, especially while you grow up and old.
Now, you might be willing to hop onto the ride, but you are still very much occupied with life’s duties or with other things you prioritize over your precious health. You must get up on your feet and get your mind straight. If there’s a will, there’s a way. Here are 5 ways to work out even when you don’t have time for it!
1 – Take long walks.
The easiest and quickest workout that anybody can do is taking long walks. Not just any kind of walk because others would think that a 1-minute long walk would suffice.
Walking is a basic exercise that you sometimes do without realizing that it benefits your health. People of all ages can do this. Wherever you are, you can do some rejuvenating walks. You might be going to work or coming home from work, and you are not in a hurry, so you can walk instead. Skip the elevator and the escalator when inside multi-floored buildings. Take the stairs instead. If you are traveling a short distance, opt for walking! You can save some coins, help Mother Nature, and boost your health.
Carrying innumerable rewards, walking covers not only physical but also mental and emotional health advantages. You can stroll around a park, a garden or a sidewalk while having a time with yourself. Enjoy the wholesome time you have with yourself. It’s a great chance to relax, forget your worries, and focus on your walking. It’s a fruitful exercise to refine mindfulness as well!
2 – Consider opting for a gym membership.
For people who want to promote their fitness and take it to a higher level, you might want to consider opting for a gym membership. Reap awesome boons when you enroll to a workout gym where you can use various exercise equipment and be coached by an expert fitness mentor. What’s good with being part of a gym is that you get actual professional training that guarantees you are doing the right thing at the right time in the right place.
If you wish to have a more disciplined and more systematic exercise journey despite being so busy, signing up for the gym is a good idea. It allows you to allocate your time wisely and to not forget your workout schedule. You will also gain more stable motivation to hit the tracks when you are surrounded by people who have similar health goals as you. The drive and enthusiasm will be heightened because those people can help encourage and inspire you, too.
3 – Set a home gym.
Opposite to the previously mentioned point, you may also set a home gym. If you do not have time to leave the house and to drop by a fitness gym or to even look for a gym to join, make one for yourself then.
People who have a home gym benefit from the privacy they get as you are just at home, enjoying your personal space, without strangers. In it, you may situate your own chosen exercise equipment – those you specifically need for the workout routines you are going to do. This is very convenient because you will not need to step out of the house to work out. You can plan your own schedules and freely adjust them as you please or need, based on other plans and errands you have.
4 – Play active sports.
If you want to do exercises that make you multitask, play active sports. Doing physical sports lets you work out and play at the same time! They do not actually seem taxing workouts because you are having fun, probably going against your siblings or friends in a DIY friendly sports competition.
Before engaging in active sports, make sure that you warm up properly first, so you will not strain and shock your body. Do light exercises and stretching prior to your sports games. Let your heart rate go up and your muscles loosen up before you use them intensely.
5 – Reduce unnecessary screen time to actually make time for exercise
Oftentimes, you think you cannot exercise because you do not have time, however, the truth is you have time; you are just not using it productively.
What consumes most of people’s supposedly useful time these days? Gadget overuse! Reduce unnecessary screen time to actually make time for exercise. Do not use all of your free time on social media. Manage your screen time, keeping a healthy distribution of your time, so you can rest and be physically active as well. Too much gadget usage turns your lifestyle into a dull and sedentary one.
Instead of wasting your time on unnecessary staying on social media, work your body out! Wake up early to start the morning with exercise. If you are sitting in the office or in school for most of the day, do some walking and running before the day ends once you get home. Whenever you are bored at home, the solution you think of is to kill time using your cell phone. However, it’s insalubrious to always do just that. How about some exercises that will smash your boredom and will elevate your animation? Wonderful!
TIME TO MAKE TIME
A number of times, it seems that you do not have time for working out. Life today somehow makes you think that 24 hours a day is not enough for your work or school alone. Looking at it from some angles, you will actually believe that’s true, but if you think more carefully and calmly, your issue could be a matter of time management only. Setting your priorities right will take you a long way and bring you to a nice destination!
When you think you do not have time to work out, consider glancing over what takes up a lot of your golden time. Some of the items there may not really be important or urgent. They are unnecessary and unhelpful. Eliminate them, and replace them with working out instead. Nevertheless, if you cannot entirely terminate them, you may just lessen the time you spend on them, so you can give some hours for your physical wellness.
If time is the only concern you have as to why you cannot devote yourself to regular exercise, it’s a concern with an answer. Worry not. It’s a struggle you can actually overcome if you are really willing and ready to get the ball rolling.
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Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. She finds quality and well-researched writing as a worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. For her, it’s restoring and fulfilling to the heart and a great way to clear the mind while loading it up with fresh learning. Film critiquing and filmmaking are among her interests too. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.