How to Fit Exercise Into a Busy Schedule & Actually Stick To It

Set yourself up for fitness success!

4. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier.

Morning workouts—don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

If you’re not a morning person, working out first thing in the morning probably sounds awful. If you can barely make it out of bed, how are you supposed to do a squat?

Nevertheless, many people report feeling more energized (not more tired) after a morning workout. When you exercise, your blood starts pumping, your brain jolts awake, your muscles loosen, and your joints lubricate. It even revs up your metabolism!

A little dose of exercise is actually a great way to wake up your body. And you won’t know if morning workouts suit you until you’ve tried it.

Don’t force yourself to go to the gym after work when you’re exhausted. Instead, do a quick morning workout at home. This 7-Day Beginner’s 10-Minute Morning Workout Challenge is a great way to get started.

If you find that morning workouts are your thing, you can pack up a bag and join the early birds at the gym. Shower and head to work right after!

5. Bring the kids along.

Work isn’t the only thing that gets in the way of your training. There’s the children.

There are several ways you can exercise with your kids. If you have very young children, bring the stroller along for a run. It gets the kids out of the house, gets you working hard, and you’ll be that hot, fit mom at the park.

If you’re children are too old or don’t like being in the stroller, just taking them to the park can be a workout in itself. Take a long walk, play a few rounds of tag, or bike through the paths. Your kids’ games can double as your workout.

If the kids are entertained in the jungle gym, you can also get some exercise with this Power Up Park Workout.

6. Work on the treadmill.

Treadmill desks are becoming more and more popular as the dangers of prolonged sitting become better known. (Check out this article on How Sitting Down Might Be Cutting Your Life Expectancy.)

You might not be able to sprint while typing, but you can probably keep up a walking pace. Treadmill desks are ideal if you work from home, or if you usually have a handful of online errands to run in the evening.

Walk while you pay your bills online, catch up with your favorite series, watch the news, and scroll through social media. You’ll probably be able to finish one or two miles, burning a few hundred calories in the process.

Check out how to make a DIY Treadmill Desk Under $25.

7. Work out during commercial breaks.

If you don’t have a treadmill desk, you can still fit in a workout while catching up on your favorite shows. Turn commercial breaks into brief, but intense mini-workouts.

When we watch television, we’re often sitting down for long periods of time, which is seriously harmful to our health. But preventing complications is as simple as breaking up long stretches of sitting with a little bit of movement.

Try something like this Commercial Break Workout to bring some action into your day. It’s a great workout for your abs!

It can be tough to fit exercise into a busy schedule. But if you have the drive and determination, you don’t need to let a busy life stop you! Make every minute count and you’ll achieve your goals in no time.

Keep these seven tips in mind, make a fitness commitment and stick to it! Let us know in the comments what helped you stick to your exercise routine!


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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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