Most of us could probably resonate with the fact that we tend to say we don’t have time when bombarded with a lot of office works, to-do lists, emails, due dates, taking care of our kids, our significant partner, and so on. It is easier for us to skip exercise when balancing a busy schedule, which can lead to us neglecting our health, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
But it is really true that we don't have enough time, or is that just an excuse?
When you feel as if you're running out of time, exercise becomes more important than ever. Because even 20 minutes of exercise can improve your mood, mindset, and overall well-being. Exercise has long been shown to increase productivity and reduce stress when life becomes hectic.
So how to make time for workouts when you don’t have any time?
We have 24 hours a day, 165 hours a week, and yet we complain about not having enough time? It is just a matter of managing our time properly.
Here’s how to make time for workouts despite having a busy schedule.
- Realign your mindset. Everyone understands that exercise is "healthy," but many people claim they don't have time to do it because they don't want to. Many people are unwilling to "exercise" because they believe it must be physically exhausting in order to be effective. We tend to have the notion that long, sweaty workouts are the only ones that 'count,' but in reality, we just need daily movement.
- Schedule your workout just like you would do for a meeting. Making time for exercise, even if it's only 10 to 15 minutes at a time, is the first step toward making it a habit, start small. 10 to 150minutes is just a small fraction of your 24 hours a day. It could be in the morning before taking a shower or any time of the day that can be convenient for you.
- Get out of bed earlier than usual. Studies have shown that waking up early improves better cognitive function, more energy, more time for yourself, and enhances your productivity.
- Make it a date. If you have your special someone or even a friend, plan to have an evening run or have a walk in the park at least three times a week. Or you could also set a date for a hike in a near mountain or do a walk-in in a nearby gym.
No matter how busy you are, never skip out on exercise or workouts. Think of it as something you want to do rather than something you have to do. Moreover, give importance to how you spend your day, and you might start noticing that you don’t have time because you spend a lot of time scrolling through social media, or that the time you assumed you were spending on work is mostly consumed by distractions.