How To Make Time For Exercise


Do you feel like it’s impossible to find enough time to exercise in the day? Don’t worry - you’re not alone. When you’re juggling a job, running a household, and dealing with everything else life throws at you, it can be easy to find yourself in a position where you have no free time whatsoever - at least, that’s how it can feel.

However, I guarantee you can make enough time for exercise if it’s something you genuinely care about. With a little effort and planning, you’ll be able to ensure you have enough time for your daily workout - whatever that looks like for you. Not sure how to make it happen? Here are a few tips that have helped me make time for exercise:


Put it on your calendar. One of the best things you can do to make time for exercise? Literally, make time for it by scheduling it into your day. If you use a paper planner, a digital calendar, or some other method to stay on track and organize your routine, make it a priority to dedicate a set amount of time to exercise. Respect that time and make sure you’re at the gym, on the track, or otherwise burning calories and working toward your goals.

Streamline your schedule. Chances are, there are a few ways you can save yourself a bit of time throughout your day and free up a few more minutes for your workout. Sit down, analyze your day - or your week - and see where you can be more efficient. Ordering groceries for pickup, for example, can save me at least an hour of walking around the store - which means I can spend that hour working out.


Find workouts you love. An easy way to make time for exercise? Find a workout that you truly love. When you’re legitimately excited to head to the gym and are really looking forward to the challenge in front of you, it’ll be easy to make it a priority and work it into your day.

Some people love long distance running. Some would rather spend their time lifting heavy in the gym. Some prefer mountain biking, or rock climbing, or practicing a martial art. Whatever it is that gets you excited, embrace that - and use it to get you moving.

Be realistic about the amount of time you can spend working out. It’s important to make time for exercise, but you aren’t doing yourself any favors if you aren’t being realistic about it. If you know you’ve got a crazy day, and you’ll be dead exhausted at the end of it - or you know you really only have thirty minutes to squeeze in a quick workout - don’t commit to an hour and a half at the gym. Setting yourself up for failure will discourage you from returning and make it even harder to make it to the gym the following day.


Making time for exercise in your busy schedule might feel like an impossible task, but I promise, it’s a challenge you can overcome. Equipped with these tips, you’ve got the knowledge you need to manage your day and make time for the workouts you need.

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