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How To Squeeze In A Workout When Life Gets Hectic

Gym routines are, for many people, a vital part of staying on track when it comes to your fitness goals. A lot of the time, when you take an ad-hoc approach to working out, it means that you aren’t exercising as regularly as you would with a scheduled plan.

However, even the most dedicated gym goer can slip up when life gets hectic. It can be a demanding project at work, preparing for an important event or feeling like all your diary is suddenly full of can’t-miss plans.

When this kind of hectic phase comes around, the gym can be one of the first things we sacrifice. However, as anyone who has returned to the gym after a break knows, your fitness levels soon slip. So follow our tips and you’ll sail through a hectic time without losing your fitness progress.

Fit In Workouts Everywhere

If you haven’t got time to dedicate to your usual workout, try and incorporate as much of it as possible into your everyday tasks. Do lunges and squats while you are brushing your teeth. Sprint on the spot as your microwave counts down. Always take the stairs and park your car in the furthest space from your destination.

It may not replace your workout, but it could take the edge off when you return to it.

Switch To HIIT

If you usually go for endurance cardio or an aerobics-based class, try swapping it for a high-intensity workout. You can slash your workout time to between 15 minutes and half an hour, and still burn serious calories.

Make Your Plans Active

Where possible, try and incorporate physical activity into your plans. “Walking meetings” are popular in many Silicon Valley companies, so try one out next time you have a one to one with a colleague.

If you have a date night or social time with friends, steer the plans toward something like climbing, a trip to the park or even just to a café you can walk a good distance to from your home.

Workout In The AM

Getting your exercise at the start of the day is a great way to ensure you are staying on track. That way, even if you have to stay late at work or are faced with a last minute request for your time, it won’t matter as much.

Put Yourself First

It can be hard prioritising the gym when you feel like you have a lot of commitments to others. But remind yourself that taking time to go to the gym isn’t selfish or a frivolous way to spend precious time. Exercising doesn’t just help sculpt your body.

Working out helps you stay alert, it helps your memory and it helps with sleep. If anything, it is more important to exercise during hectic times. A workout will help you manage stress and anxiety that might come from your busy plans, and help you focus on being efficient.

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye has a MSc in Sport Physiology and Nutrition, and puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding. She enjoys a pun, and in her spare time loves dog walking and eating out.


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