TIME MANAGEMENT – You’re probably stretched pretty thin when it comes to time. Evaluating your schedule, keeping consistent workout days and times and planning ahead can keep you on track during your busiest days and weeks.
PRIORITIZE – Your health and fitness goals have to be a PRIORITY. The more you put into achieving your goals, the more results you will see. This doesn’t mean that it is more important than your job and family, but your health and fitness has to be something that is important to you.
BONUS DAYS – Consistency is important, but there will be times when you have miss one of your regularly scheduled gym sessions. This is why it is helpful to add in some BONUS DAYS. Look at your schedule and tentatively schedule an additional workout or two each week. If you can make all of your regular gym times, as well as your BONUS DAYS you are going to be thrilled with the way you look and feel from the extra workouts. On the other hand, if you work out seven days a week, then make sure that you get some rest now and again. Allow yourself some scheduled days off to properly recover each month, and remember that overtraining has its pitfalls… it can cause you to burn out.
MINI WORKOUTS – Sometimes you just don’t have an entire free hour during the day to drive to the gym and workout. If this is the case, then spread out your workout or cardio over the course of the day by separating your workouts into three 10 minute MINI WORKOUTS. Make the short workouts more intense by doing things like sprints or hill runs for 10 minutes; they are a great way to burn calories and define your legs and butt. Find some stairs and walk up and down them for five or ten minutes. If you’re stuck inside or can’t leave your house on an extra busy day, then try doing jumping jacks, push-ups and planks; you will work your shoulders, core and break a sweat in a matter of minutes. There are literally endless amounts of ways to creatively workout on those days when you are extra busy.
EXPECT the UNEXPECTED – Prepare for the unexpected—like missing workout days because you get held up at work, sick, injured, go on vacation, etc.—to keep yourself both motivated and progressing toward your goal. Utilizing BONUS DAYS and creative MINI WORKOUTS will help you deal with unexpected interruptions to your normal workout schedule. If you get sick or injured, focusing on your diet and talking to your doctor about your options to avoid a setback is recommended. Just make sure that you don’t let life’s unexpected glitches slow you down and hinder your motivation. It’s up to you, so stay positive and keep Living Healthy.
Make sure that time is on your side. With a little bit of preparation and creativity, health and fitness can fit into even the busiest schedule.
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