So you struggle to find time to exercise because you work full time. It’s the oldest excuse in the book. The truth is that if you want time to workout, you can make time. All you have to do is recognize the opportunities. There are a few things that you can do differently to create time to exercise while still working full time. As promised, here are 4 simple secretes to getting active while working full time.
1. Exercise On Your Lunch Breaks
Whether you get 1 hour or 30 minutes for lunch, use that time wisely. Spend the first 5 minutes eating your lunch then just put your sneakers on and go for a walk or a run. It’s that easy. Aim to walk 2km a day, there are heaps of apps like RunKeeper that will track how far you have walked/run. You could even start a walking or running group at work to get more people involved and make it a social occasion. Other great activities include some light yoga (to stretch your muscles and regain focus) and body-weight exercises like push-ups.
2. Wake Up Earlier
Most people will think “no way!” to waking up earlier, but exercising in the morning has many benefits, including kick starting your metabolism and spiking your energy levels for the day. You only have to wake-up 30-45 minutes earlier to squeeze in a quick workout. You can do your workout at home or outdoors. Go for a run, walk or do some bodyweight exercises like air squats, burpees, lunges etc.
If you have a gym downstairs you can do a 20-minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout using dumbbells on 1-3 body parts to really torch belly-fat, burn muscle, tone your butt and lose weight. All in 20 minutes!
Try these HIIT workouts (for men and women) tomorrow morning:
3. Go Straight to The Gym After Work
Don’t procrastinate when you are going to go to the gym, just stop by on your way home. You can finish an awesome full body workout in as little as 30 minutes. So take your gear and head to the gym straight after work.
Pro Tip: Make sure to take a small snack (like a banana or almonds) as well as your protein powder already loaded in your shaker.
4. Exercise on Your Way to Work
Using the time it takes you to get to work, to exercise, is the best way to workout. This way you don’t need to make time, you can just use what you already have. So why not walk/run/bike ride to work or drive halfway and then run the rest of the way. I personally ride to work and find the 20-30 mins of gentle cardio primes my brain and gets the blood flowing better than coffee ever could!
As you can see there are many ways to make time or use the time you already have to exercise and get fit while working full-time. The time is waiting for you, it’s up to you to take the first step in harnessing it to maximize your workout at home, at the gym, on your lunch break or on your way to work.
Author: Claire Trojkovic
Author Bio: Claire is a personal trainer from Australia and one of the top Nutrition Souq editors. She’s a fitness and travel expert with a degree in Literature and a Certificate 4 in Fitness and Nutrition. Her particular interests are yoga, bodybuilding, diets, weight loss, herbal remedies and travel. She also manages and writes on her own blog and has written guest articles for various online fitness publications.