Do you wish you had more time to exercise?
You want to lose weight, have more energy, and sleep better at night, and you know exercise is going to get you there. You have tried SO many times to keep up a regular workout routine, and each time, you say to yourself…THIS is the time it’s going to stick.
You start out great. You go to the gym every day, you feel amazing, you are starting to see your body change, and you’re excited.
But then life happens. Another project gets added to your to-do list, the blog post you were writing took twice as long as you expected, you had a 30-minute sales call that turned into an hour…and you run out of time.
So you say to yourself…I’ll just workout tomorrow.
Except tomorrow is no different, and you end up not working out…again. The cycle continues and before you know it, you’re feeling frumpy, tired, and defeated.
I get it. I’ve been there. I would join a gym, go for a few weeks, then drop out when my business got busy. At the time I would give myself the excuse that I was a new entrepreneur and it was normal to sacrifice certain aspects of my life, and exercise was just one of those sacrifices.
Unfortunately, I quickly saw the negative effects of my lack of exercise…I felt flabby, I had no energy, my ability to focus was basically non-existent, I had trouble sleeping, I was moody…Can you relate?
If so, then you need to read this.
I’ve compiled a list of my favorite ways to make sure you’re getting in your daily physical activity. These are the things that I have done and continue to do to stay active even when life gets really busy, and what I teach my clients to do, to help them achieve their fitness goals.
- Start with your Why. Identify a really strong Why for getting in your regular physical activity. Your ‘why’ needs to be deeper than just ‘I want to lose weight.’ It needs to bring up emotion anytime you think of it. If you haven’t read the book ‘Start With Why’ (Simon Sinek) I highly recommend it!
- Visualize the finish line. Actually sit down and think about what your life would look like and feel like if you actually achieved your fitness goal. Athletes use this technique a lot to get them pumped up and ready for the big game. If you don’t like visualizing, then write it down. I’m a big believer in writing things down. Don’t be afraid to get really specific here. Actually, the more specific you are, the better.
- Start small. Give yourself a very small goal for physical activity that you know you can achieve. Once you start actually doing what you say you’re going to do, you will start trusting yourself and your ability to achieve your goal of being physically active. This recommendation is transferable to plenty of other areas in your life, too, not just exercise!
- Find an accountability buddy or buddies. (Even better: find a workout buddy or join a workout group!) The more people who are around you to hold you to your word, the better! Having someone who knows that you have set a goal for yourself to go to the gym every day is great for keeping you on track. However, simply telling someone you are doing something isn’t enough. You need to actually ask that person to check in on you. Let them know you will be working out at a specific time and see if they are okay with checking in with a phone call or a text.
- Challenge yourself. If you have an accountability buddy or a workout buddy or group, organize some kind of physical activity challenge. It might be a push-up or plank challenge, or maybe it’s doing 10 squats every time you go to the washroom. Organizing a challenge as a group is a great way to stay motivated.
- Schedule your workouts into your calendar and make them non-negotiable. When you actually schedule your workouts into your calendar, you are less likely to skip them. So sit down and take a look at your calendar and block off the time it will take for you to get to the gym, workout, come home, and shower. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time so that your workout doesn’t become something that stresses you out.
- Get your workout in as soon as you wake up in the morning. In the same vein as the previous recommendation, getting your workout in first thing in the morning will really help you stick to it. I know it sounds terrible especially in winter when it’s cold and dark in the morning.
- Make working out simple. I don’t mean to make the actual process of working out easy, but you do want to make getting in your workouts simple. You are going to want to consider joining a gym that is close to your house or somewhere you pass by every day, because this will increase the likelihood that you will actually go to the gym and not just skip it because it’s too far. You might also consider setting yourself up to workout at home. I would actually not recommend this option if you work from home, because you don’t want to be spending all day and all night at home.
- Make exercise fun. Take a zumba class or pilates or whatever it is that you enjoy doing. If you hate running on a treadmill, don’t! There are so many options for you to choose from. Make a choice that works for you!
- Always have a back up plan. IF for whatever reason all else fails and you end up having to skip your one-hour workout, make sure you get SOME form of physical activity in. Whether it’s a walk, or some exercises you can do at home with no weights. Here is a quick workout routine I came up with, and here is a blog post about what I do for exercise when I’m not at the gym.
I hope these tips were helpful for you in figuring out how to get in regular physical activity even as a busy entrepreneur. I’d love to know which of these 10 recommendations you are going to try right away, so comment below and let me know!