I’m a busy person, so fitting in a workout poses a bit of a challenge some days. When we’re tired, staying fit somehow falls to the bottom of our to-do list. Let’s face it, we’ve all had those days, where you’ve just had enough of it all, and you want nothing but to curl up on the couch with a good book and a box of cookies. I’m letting you know, IT’S OKAY to feel that way. We’re human, we all have those days. We get overwhelmed by life, and just need that time to veg on the couch. It’s just a matter of maintaining BALANCE in your life, and knowing when to say “Okay, I’ve had two cookies, that should be enough.” Let me repeat: You have to balance it all out.
Find a time of day that works for you.
I’m one of those guilty-as-charged procrastinators when it comes to getting up and working out. It’s probably one of the things I struggle with the most. Finding time for a workout on a day off isn’t necessarily the easiest thing. I am not an early morning person on my days off, which means I’m reluctant to get up at the crack of dawn and do cardio.
When I have a day off, which usually involves completely lazing around the house in my pajamas, I schedule an appointment with myself to work out. “Okay, at 2pm, I’m going to get dressed and do some cross-training.”
Treat it as an important appointment. This is how I finish most tasks during the day.
Don’t set unreasonable goals.
This is another issue I struggled with when I first started running. I told myself, “Okay, I’m going to run 3 miles, five days a week.” How long did that last? Not long.
Here’s how my 5-day a week workout schedule goes. (This is just an example for April)
Okay, I know it looks scary, and it is five days a week. But look again, I’m only running 3 days a week.
The other two? Cross training.
To me, cross training can be anything. I would go to Amazon’s instant video section and pick out a good 20 or 30 minute workout video. (Honestly, I think this is the best method, because of the reviews).
This is where I picked up the Julian Michael’s 30-Day Shred for S1.99. What is 20 or 30 minutes out of your day?
Even after a long day, just do it. You’ll feel better about yourself. (Note: I don’t recommend this method if you work 12-hour shifts, I’ll cover that later.)
Don’t expect to jump off the couch and go running after being off exercise for an extended period of time. These things take time. The first week, I would start off walking, the second week, I would add maybe a minute or two of jogging (Jogging slowly, not running) to every 3 minutes of walking. This will slowly introduce running into your routine, and eventually you will be able to run longer distances. It’s not a race. Everyone has to start somewhere…insert another random cliché here.
So that’s my workout “Schedule” and how I handle my busy (BUSY) weeks full of work, classes, extracurricular activities and day-trips. Meal plans are next!