OK, so it’s Day Two of the FSB Fitness Challenge and here we are, ready to tackle the week! Except one thing: that sneaky little thing called LIFE is in the way.
One of my best girlfriends was just lamenting how her schedule has completely served her no good, with an unending schedule of “stuff” – appointments, dinners, personal commitments and non-stop family obligations. Ok, so that means that means you’ve got to get creative. Here are some quick, sneaky tips to help you make it to your workout:
If you can only do 15 minutes, do 15 minutes. Don’t defeat yourself with an all-or-nothing attitude. 15 minutes at a really hard pace will serve you better than nothing. Go for a 15 minute run or do a circuit: 10 reps each of squats, lunges, push-ups (especially spiderman push-ups on a medicine ball,) tricep dips and crunches done 5 times in a row. Jog in place for 3 minutes before you start, then GO.
Keep exercise DVDs in the house. The Core Fusion DVDs are broken into small workouts and a lot of the Crunch exercise videos are broken up this way as well. Also, check out the Biggest Loser workout series for tough, proven workouts. Even better? Rent them on Netflix on-demand and stream most of them right to your tv, iPhone or iPad.
Always be ready for a workout. Keep a packed bag at your desk or in your car with workout gear and a bottle of water. Lay your workout clothes out the night before over your shoes so you have to step OVER them to get up. If you’re into barre workouts like me, keep socks and workout clothes at the bottom of your purse.
Can’t get to the gym? Add cardio to your life. If you can’t make a workout, here are some sneaky ways people manage to sneak in a burn:
- You know those people who take the stairs? Follow them. They know what they’re doing.
- If you drive, park further away from your destination and walk. Train commuters can get off one stop ahead and walk.
- Use an exercise ball as an office chair to build abdominal strength
- Use your kids and dogs in your workout. Go walk your dog an extra five blocks. Take your kids to the playground and chase them. Lift them over your head. Invite them to join you.
- If you’re part of a couple, invite your significant other to do workout dates. Quality time with sweat involved. Problem solved!
Adjust your schedule. Here’s the one no one wants to hear – sometimes losing weight means you have to work even harder than everyone else. That means for some of us, getting up at 5:30 am and going to bed by 10 pm or hitting 24-Hour Fitness at 1:00 am for late night folks. I just started doing 7 am classes, which means I have to get up at 5:30 am. They’re brutal but so worth it.
It seems impossible but you CAN make room in your schedule. Even 10 minutes is something and if you add in the walking and other cardio, it all adds up. You can do it!