It’s rare to find a person who doesn’t think that fitness is an important part of a healthy life. However, loving the idea of exercise is very different from making it a priority. Our schedules are full, our days are already long, and often we can’t imagine how to fit in one more thing. If this is your story, know that you aren’t alone. Consider these tips when you face a packed calendar but want to make time for fitness.
Put It In Your Planner
What drives most of your time throughout the day? More than likely, a schedule or calendar dictates how you pass your time. Meetings, appointments, and obligations fill the lines, reminding us where we should be and when. When you are making time for fitness, treat it like any other commitment. Mark it in your planner, blocking off the time of day you plan to spend at the gym. By designating that time as full, you will be less likely to delay or cancel that gym time.
Set Attainable Goals
Walking into a gym and aiming to lose 50 pounds or run a marathon is a sure way to discourage yourself. There’s nothing wrong with big goals! But they can make you feel like a failure when progress doesn’t come quickly. Instead, start with small, achievable goals, like visiting the gym four days a week for a month. By the end of that time, you’ll feel stronger, empowered by your success, and ready to take on more. At FitPro West, our trainers are great at helping clients set up goals to keep them motivated. Be sure to consult the experts to help you succeed.
Make Movement a Way of Life
While we want to see you in the gym, not all physical fitness comes from specific workouts. Integrate movement into your day to improve your fitness level. This could mean walking or biking to work or the gym, rather than using a vehicle. Or perhaps you make a habit of doing push-ups, jumping jacks, and crunches between meetings. Making time for fitness means prioritizing the things that make you stronger and healthier, even if they are unconventional.
Remember That Time Isn’t Just Going to Appear
Ultimately, when you are busy and your schedule is packed, there isn’t going to be “more” time. If you want to make time for fitness, you need to take it from something else. Look carefully at your schedule. Is there a part of your life that is flexible and can be reduced or shuffled around? Or is there something in your daily routine that you do out of habit, but it no longer brings you joy? Think creatively, and you’ll be amazed how you can make time for exercise in your life.
At FitPro West, we know that time is a very limited resource. That’s why we make workout efficiency and quality a top priority. We are not a social club, but a well-trained, knowledgeable facility ready to help you reach your fitness potential. As one client stated, “I am so proud to say I belong to a serious gym with professional and well-experienced trainers.” To find out more about FitPro West, visit our website or visit us at 564 West Jackson Blvd.