Today’s Training Tip
Make exercise a priority
I often hear from clients that the reason they don’t workout regularly is because they don’t have time. It’s the oldest excuse in the book, sometimes for legitimate reasons, sometimes not…
Make Yourself a Priority
It’s hard to put yourself first, especially for a working parent who has a busy schedule and spends what free time he/she has chauffeuring kids around to sports and activities, preparing dinner, and helping with homework once the workday is done. Exercise is important for good health and a healthy parent can perform better, both at work and at home.
Find the Best Time for You
If finding enough time is the issue, take a closer look at your schedule. Determine when is the best time to schedule your workout and plan accordingly…
- • Designate a time that is works best and put it on your calendar
- • Multitask by going for a run or walk while waiting for your children after driving them to an activity
- • Break your workout into segments – get up 30 minutes earlier for one part and squeeze in the other part during your lunch break
- • Don’t dismiss small segments of available time as not enough for a mini workout
Schedule Your Workouts
Once you’ve established when and where you plan to workout, add it to your calendar. Your appointment with yourself is as important as any other!
- • When is your best time to workout? ~ First thing in the morning
- • How do you organize your workouts? All at once or throughout the day as time permits? ~ What I can’t complete before seeing my first client, I weave into open time slots throughout the day.
- • What other training tips would you like for me to cover?
You must be talking to me… lol
When it fits.
If I have a busy work day, I have now been biking during lunch.
Otherwise my preference would be in the morning.
Now that you’re using your stationary bike, do you think you’ll dust your road bike off this spring?
I couldn’t agree more with this! I block out my morning workouts on my work calendar so that no one schedules a call with me before 9am. Every now and then I’ll make an exception but I really value my morning workouts.
Great tips, Debbie!
Now that we’re self-employed, it’s a lot easier to get my workouts in.
When I worked for a bank, I used to block my lunch hours from 11.30 – 2 pm (three times a week). That gave me enough time to fit in some lunch fitness, either Bodypump or a run.
I was fortunate that my bosses and colleagues all respected my blocked time.
Yes, I know how much easier it is to have control over the workday when you’re self-employed (as I am, too). Good for you, though, for blocking off workout time while working in the corporate world.
I have no excuse. No husband and no kids here. 🙂 For the most part, I am good with making time for myself and doing my run in the morning. My excuses are that I am too tired or that it is too cold or too hot. A few times I’ve gotten busy with doing work stuff in the morning and then it is “too late” to get out.
Work getting in the way of exercise is one of the biggest excuses I hear from my clients.
I think it’s really important to find something you actually enjoy doing! For me, having a consistent schedule is key. I always run on the same days no matter the weather.
That tip will come soon! 😉