You’re pumped to break a sweat, but you’ve got a breakfast meeting, a full workday and drinks with the girls this evening. Sound familiar? Finding time to exercise in busy schedules is hard, so here are five tips to stretch your sweat-time and maximise your effectiveness, making your workout really count.
1. BUDDY UP
If you make time each week to exercise and to socialise, why not combine them? Hit two birds with one stone by grabbing a fitness buddy to share your sweaty endeavors with — nothing bonds friends like an exhilarating endorphin high on the bike or at the barre! Fit in some quality catch-up time after your workout session over a well-deserved smoothie or meal. Even better: break out of your routine on the weekends when you’ve got more time in your hands and try something new together. Whether it’s a scenic hike or an aerial yoga class, change it up to test your limits and see what your body is capable of, all in the comfort of your pal’s company. Plus, working out with a buddy means you’ll keep each other accountable for your fitness commitments and goals.
2. SEEK SPACES WITH SHOWERS & AMENITIES
Maximise your time spent training — not travelling back and forth on the Tube during rush hour — by scouting out a fitness destination with shower facilities and amenities. Save yourself from trekking back home to shower by packing a change of clothes and shoes that ease the transition from boxing to the boardroom. Many exercise facilities and specialty studios now offer clean shower facilities stocked with all the amenities you need to look and feel fresh for the office — no more excuses!
3. THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORKOUT
You don’t have to sacrifice after-work dinner or drinks to stay in shape. Keep your evenings free for relaxation time by smashing your sweat session first thing in the morning. Plus, save that morning coffee cash and spend it on a healthy breakfast smoothie instead; who needs coffee when you’re getting your heart rate up before your day begins? Setting an early alarm isn’t easy, but start off with the goal of one morning workout a week and see how far you can progress. If your exercise regime consists of a mixture of independent gym time and fitness classes and you’re finding it tough to drag yourself out of bed, try scheduling your next class in the morning so you stay committed to crushing those goals. Remember, no one ever regrets a workout, no matter what time of day.
4. PLAN WORKOUTS BEFORE MEALTIMES
No one likes a high intensity workout on a full stomach, which can make you feel groggy and give you a stitch. Ditch post-meal workouts by scheduling an early evening session to counter your afternoon slump and boost your appetite for dinner. You’ll feel lighter, and cardio sessions will have reduced risk of cramps — meaning you’re more likely to go that extra mile. Plus, those healthy food cravings that come after exercise mean you’re more likely to fuel up on a nutritious meal!