How to Fit a Workout into Your Busy Schedule

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Sometimes it feels like there’s not enough time in the day (or week, or month, or year) to accomplish everything you want to. With age comes more and more responsibilities: you get a full-time job, you have a family, you take internships, you volunteer. Suddenly you feel like a robot going to and from work, taking care of the kids, cooking, and sleeping with no spare time. It becomes seemingly impossible to be able to focus on your fitness health with all of these other things on your mind. However, it is possible to have it all: a job, a family, and a fitness routine. On top of this, working out can actually help you relieve stress and feel more relaxed throughout the rest of the day! Here is how to fit a workout in when you have a busy schedule.

First of all, if you have not heard of high intensity interval training (HIIT), you are missing out. The idea behind HIIT is to execute high intensity exercise for a brief spurt (say, 30 seconds) followed by a period of low intensity exercise, or rest (for another 30 seconds). For example, take a circuit of squats, crunches, push-ups, jumping jacks, lunges, and high knees. Do 30 seconds of squats, rest for 30 seconds, do 30 seconds of crunches, rest for 30 seconds, and so on. You can complete HIIT circuits at home or at the office doing body weight exercises, or you can do it using weights and other equipment at a gym. This style of training can boost your metabolism throughout the rest of the day and only takes 20-30 minutes to complete! Check out the classes that elements® has to offer along with our personal training to get some ideas for circuits! Waking up thirty minutes earlier, devoting half of your lunch break to exercise, or setting aside thirty minutes before dinner can give you enough time to burn some serious calories.

Next, if you have some time to spare in the evening that you could spend working out but definitely want to catch up on the latest episode of your favorite television show, have no fear- there is a solution! Commercial breaks usually last between two to three minutes and there are typically five to six of these during an hour-long show—this means you have fifteen minutes for some high intensity training. Use the same circuit as mentioned above in HIIT training, but this time perform 10 reps for each exercise and keep cycling through the circuit as many times as possible before your show comes back. Each commercial break, try to beat your previous record of how many rounds of the circuit you completed! You can always switch up the exercises as you see necessary, but this is a great way to enjoy your shows while working up a sweat. 

Finally, if you have kids and cannot ever seem to find a time to go to the gym, involve your kids in your workout! Children have plenty of energy, and would love to accompany you on a walk outside. Playing catch or tag is a great way to get exercise, and you can even amp up the intensity by adding squats or jumping jacks in between ball-throws, or only allowing yourself to “lunge” after your kid instead of run to tag them.

Sometimes it is not about the duration, but about the intensity of the workout. Keep this is mind when you look at your busy schedule, and you will be able to fit in some great exercise! Push yourself for those sacred minutes you dedicate to your body’s health—you want to make it count! Overall, remember that any exercise is better than no exercise at all.