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How to manage your time/fitness in a jammed day.

I would have this argument with other friends while I was in college. They would always say that they

were wayyy too busy to work out.

If I could get .25 cents for every time I heard that, I would be SO rich! Really, it’s all about time management, priorities.

The question is, what is important to you? A lot of people think fitness is just something for the rich people because they’re the ones who have money to go to the gym, they have the 9-5 job, head to the gym on the way home from work. Or other people just think it’s a waste of time really.

How can it be a waste of time? When you are working out, whether it’s at the gym or at home, you’re oiling your machine (your body) making it more efficient which thus allows you to live your life better. How is that a waste of time?

Now, how can you get from point A: I don’t have time – point B: I can fit this into my day and make it part of my routine.

It’s all about perspective people! Really think about your priorities, most people get an increase in energy after they workout, they sleep better, they function overall better, reduces stress from their lives amongst a million other positive benefits. Now what about the benefits of that tv show you have to watch at a certain time every day, are they more positive than working out?

I love sleeping my 10 hours a night. Welll….unless you pulled an all- nighter the night before, you could have used those extra 2 hours to workout in the morning. I know a lot of people have this major head block   that just sets of sirens when the idea of working out in the morning is suggested to them. If you “feel” more tired when you wake up, it’s most likely because you’re not taking care of your body, not eating a regular schedule, eating high glycemic meals which is exhausting for the body! Not drinking enough water, going to bed at ridiculous hours every night and constantly changing it. Set a regular sleeping schedule and stick to it, even if you get up feeling slightly tired in the morning after having a good night’s sleep, hop to it! You’ll most likely feel more alive after you’ve worked out. Sure, have a coffee, but don’t live off of it for energy.

Set aside some time of the day, in the evening, or on a break at work to map out your week’s schedule. See where you can squeeze in time for fitness, this is taking care of yourself! Lunch break? Before work, in between  jobs? Skip the tv, add a workout in there. Do your workout at home, get your kids involved!

Set goals.

Goals are crucial to your exercise routine, they keep you on track, they keep you coming to the gym and they keep you motivated. Set real goals, not unrealistic goals. Get some help and advice from someone! Make it real.

A routine is excellent, but also be aware that sometimes if your schedule changes, that routine can get thrown out the window so be open to new ideas: working out at different times of the day, make sure you have fitness as priority. That is the key. Don’t get all ocd about it, but don’t get slack either. 3-4x a week, work it out in your life and then work out!

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