My biggest excuse before getting fit was ‘I don’t have enough time’ or ‘I’m too busy to exercise.’ Sound familiar? I could never understand how people cours have full time jobs AND stay fit. A few years back, my routine was waking up as late as possible before work, sitting at my desk all day and coming home to watch TV, then going to bed early. Sounds super fun right?
After realising this wasn’t how I wanted to live my life and finally getting myself into a routine, I now look back and wonder how I carried on being so lazy for so long. What I thought was impossible was actually really achievable. Once you get yourself into a good routine, it all falls into place – it’s getting over those first few hurdles that’s the hard part. I have a full time job, continue blogging and still have time to do the things I want to do like seeing my friends and going for brunches – we all know how much I love brunching – because I organise my time effectively.
I think the most important thing is, you need to want to exercise.. whether that’s to lose weight, tone up, be healthier, get stronger – the list is endless! At the end of the day, the only person who is going to make this change is you, so you’ve got to be disciplined and really work hard.
My Top Tips
Get lots of sleep
I never used to be a morning person, but it’s something that I’ve trained myself to do. Don’t get me wrong, this was hard work at the beginning, but now it’s rare if I’m ever up later than 7am (even on a weekend!) You’ve got to have discipline and set yourself goals to achieve this. I realised that staying up late and getting up at 6am just wasn’t going to work, so I started going to bed a little earlier to make this easier for myself.
Plan your time
I love planning, so I’ll always stay on top of my diary so I know I can fit everything in that I want to. If you know you have an extremely busy week ahead, plan exactly when you are going to fit your workouts in. Even if it’s a quick 20 min HIIT session, make sure you plan ahead otherwise you’ll say you’re too busy.
My memory is terrible. I honestly need a list for nearly everything I do – it’s quite embarrassing! However, it means that I never forget things as I’m always on top of what I need to do. I like to make lists or set alarms on my phone so that I won’t forget to do anything important – you get used to writing everything down I promise!
This is something that I constantly have to remind myself to do. I have to say, I do find it quite difficult to relax, as I get twitchy sitting around not doing anything. I always feel like there is something else to do, so it’s really important to remember to have some time to yourself and rest. I used to get ill quite a lot because I would run myself into the ground with so much going on, but now I make sure to plan some time to myself during the week, whether that’s a long walk or sitting and having a coffee.
It sounds obvious, but a lot of people forget to eat or drink water when they are really busy. If you’re hungry and tired you’re much less likely to exercise, so planning out your meals for the day and having a water bottle to hand always helps. Try and make your own food rather than processed meals when you can, so you’re filling your body with the right nutrients it needs.
I’m now a member of a gym, but when I first started to exercise I would do it at home as it meant I had longer in bed! I would wake up a little earlier and squeeze in 30 minutes before work, which made the process a lot easier as I wasn’t changing my lifestyle dramatically. I love to workout in the morning as it frees up my evening to see friends or cook a nice dinner.
Hopefully these tips will help you find the time to exercise and stop making excuses like I used to! It’s definitely possible if you have the right mindset and plan your time effectively. Let me know if you have any great tips that work for you?