If some of us could add another hour in the day to get stuff done, we probably would. We have lots of priorities with family, work, school, and life in general. So when we try to make time to exercise, we come up against a packed schedule.
I can’t say there is one secret tip that will work for everyone. What I can say is that there are many tricks that can work for many of us. As a mom with a full-time and part-time job, I find getting schedules synced up to be near impossible. The times I want to be exercising just happen to be the times my schedules will not allow it. To make sure late running meetings, daycare pick-up and traffic don’t foil my workout plans, I do an early morning workout.
Am I fully awake? No. Am I cognizant of what is going on? No. Perhaps that’s for the best, considering I’m about to lay the smack down on my body. It may take a few minutes, but my mind clears and there I am hitting an intense workout at home…in my pajamas. Let’s be real, I roll out of bed and get to working out to save precious minutes I later waste away in a warm shower. It is totally worth it. By the time I hit that shower, I’ve lifted heavy things and moved really fast. I need that shower. I’m up before the rest of the house and it is worth it. However, I can exercise with fewer distractions. It is a way to deal with lingering stresses and clear the rest of my day. The early morning workout also means one less end-of-the-day hustle too. It may not be ideal, but it is realistic and manageable.
Realistic does not mean it will work 100% of the time. When one reason or another means I can’t wake up early, I shorten the workout or cut it out all together. I don’t leave it at that though. In the hopes the end-of-day routine lets me escape to the gym, I am prepared. I have a gym bag that lives in the trunk of my car. It is stocked with training shoes and a set of warm-weather and cold-weather workout gear. I even put headphones and a cheap timer in it. I have enough to get me by in the weight room, pool, or running track. When that special moment hits and my schedules line up with my motivation, I’m ready to take advantage of it. It is difficult to be perfect and always follow “the plan.” Sometimes, you do the best with what you got. Having a plan is great. Being prepared for an opportunity can help balance out when the plan falls through.
Sunny Norwood Buck
Fitmark Ambassador 2013