Working out can make all the difference when it comes to living healthier and losing weight. It's a simple concept in theory, but it's often a lot more complicated. After all, exercise takes time - and when you already have a busy schedule, it can seem impossible to make room for cardio and resistance training.
That said, the odds are good you have more time for exercise than you think. After all, you only need an average of 30 minutes of exercise a day. That doesn't have to be all at once, either - according to the Mayo Clinic, three 10-minute walks work just as well. Here's how you can fit working out into your calendar:
Examine your schedule
The first thing you need to do is take a look at how you are spending your time. If you don't already, start keeping a calendar on your phone or tablet to track what you do each day.You'll probably notice more free time than you thought you had. Of course, you might not - if you're genuinely busy most of the time, see if there's anything you you're willing to reduce.
Move things around
Figure out if anything on your schedule can be rearranged. If, for example, you have a daily chore that interrupts a potentially perfect workout time, then maybe that task could be rescheduled. Is there anything that can be done while you workout? Laundry is a great example of a regular task you can do at the same time as exercising - workout while the laundry is running, and use the cycle to time yourself. Try to find ways to adjust a particularly full schedule that make room for fitness.
Respect your body's preferences
Does the thought of working out first thing in the morning sound like a great idea, or the worst thing you've ever heard? Either answer is okay - everyone has different levels of energy at different times. Try to stay in tune with how your body feels throughout the day, and see if there's a stretch when you have more or less energy. Use this information to figure out how you should plan your workout schedule. If you're exhausted after work, consider exercising before you leave for the day. If you don't feel like a human until you've been awake for a few hours, schedule your workouts at night or during your lunch break.
Set specific times
"Remember: Habits thrive on specificity."
It's often not enough to say you're going to workout "twice next week" or "on Wednesday." Remember: Habits thrive on specificity. If you take that extra step in your planning and decide when, where and for how long you're working out, you're way more likely to follow through. It's usually best to figure out recurring times when you'll exercise, so the action becomes routine. After all, that should be your ultimate goal when it comes to fitness - making exercise "normal."
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