These days, we are all too busy to do everything we would hope to do in one day. We get caught up in work, getting our kids ready for school, preparing dinner, and other daily tasks that take up a lot of our time. As a result, it is difficult to find time to exercise and squeeze in a daily workout into your schedule. Finding fifteen minutes to spare is all you really need to get in a quick workout. When my daughter is getting ready for school in the morning, I like to do fifteen to twenty-minute ab workouts in my living room. All I need is a yoga mat and a pair of 5-pound dumbbells. It does not require any additional equipment, so it is super easy to do. Another way you can look at it is using exercise as a wake up call. Every morning when your alarm goes off, use it as a reminder to do a fifteen-minute workout before leaving your house for work. If you are not a morning person, using your lunch break is a perfect time to fit in a workout. Keep in mind that you usually don’t need a full half hour or one hour to eat. Split up your time appropriately and find a balance to workout. You will gain an added boost of energy for the rest of your work day. No matter how busy you are, you still need to make time to exercise and move. My famous saying about meditation applies to exercise too: exercise doesn’t take up our time, it gives us time by extending our life in the long run. A little bit of exercise every day goes a long way.
For those who have more time to spare, try making your commute to work a workout. When you can’t find time to go to the gym for the day, jog to work instead. Not only will you feel more refreshed, but you might even get home earlier than your usual commute. When you’ve got young kids at home taking up a lot of your time, take your kids on your workouts with you. You can run while they are in a stroller or do squats while they are attached to you. This will save you money by not paying for a sitter and will give you those extra miles that you need to accomplish. The last suggestion that I have that I really push towards my friends is making fitness a date. Instead of getting dinner or watching a movie with your boyfriend or girlfriend, find exciting and fun ways to workout. There are many new ways to workout that you can make interesting and worth your time.