We all know that exercise is important in our lives. Along with eating a healthy diet, we need to maintain an active lifestyle and this should be among our top priorities in life. Many times, we tend to give excuses for not incorporating exercise into our weekly schedule or daily schedules.
Well, you might be having a busy schedule but that doesn’t mean that you should not maintain an active lifestyle. It’s time to quit giving excuses and find ways to include exercise to your weekly schedule. Sometimes, we don’t even realize that we have time for everything.
We don’t realize that we can create time for exercise because we are too busy giving excuses. This is not the way to go. If you just take some time to plan and allocate time for everything you will realize that you have enough time to exercise.
Exercise doesn’t have to take a huge chunk of your time every day. 30 minutes is enough. If you are wondering how to introduce exercise to your weekly schedule, this blog will teach you how to do exactly that. Keep reading to learn more.
Starting small is a good idea
One of the best ways to introduce exercise to your busy weekly schedule is by starting small. You want to be easy on yourself so you can keep doing it until you fully adapt. By starting I mean you need to do simple exercises.
Starting big with complex exercises is not the way to go especially if you have a busy schedule. In fact, in fitness, a beginner should not start with the complex exercises. If they do they will give up so fast. You need a rigorous workout schedule to get instant results. You will quit without even seeing the results.
Fitness is all about consistency and patience. Doing simple exercises when you are just starting will allow your body and mind to adjust to making exercise part of your weekly schedule or daily schedule as well.
You need to allocate time to perform simple exercises. Therefore, start by looking at your work schedule and determine the amount of time you can devote to exercise every week. Do not feel discouraged if you cannot get plenty of time from your schedule. Just allocate the much that you can find. It will go a long way.
Once you have determined the amount of time you can allocate to exercise, it’s time to establish your exercise goal. In this case, for instance, your goal can be exercising for 30 minutes a week for the first week, and then progress to 30 minutes twice a week and then 30 minutes three times a week.
That way your body and mind will adjust fully to this schedule and an active lifestyle will become one of your top priorities in life.
Have the right mindset
Having the right mindset is important in health and fitness. Here we are talking about having a positive mindset. If you truly want to introduce exercise to your weekly schedule, you to stop having those negative thoughts about exercise or workouts.
Many people think that a healthy lifestyle is boring, that working out is tiring and it’s something for bodybuilders. Others just keep worrying about their fitness level and so they don’t start exercising because they lack willpower. Others think they are too busy to exercise and that exercise is a waste of time.
Negative thoughts will only kill your willpower. The best way to deal with that is to have a positive mindset. Just think positively. Think of how exercise will help you get in shape, keep you feeling good about yourself and keep illnesses at bay.
Thinking positively will help you find adequate time for exercise and make healthier lifestyle choices. Incorporating exercise into your daily life is all for your own good. You stand to benefit. If something will improve your life significantly, why wouldn’t you find time for it?
Adjust your time to wake up
Some people have very demanding jobs such that they cannot find time to exercise during the day. However, that doesn’t mean that you should not exercise. You can do something about that, and one way to do that is to wake up earlier.
You can wake up one hour before your normal time and take a morning run or get to a nearby gym for some workout.
To ensure that you have enough time for exercise and preparation to get ready for a workout, ensure you have laid out your workout clothes the night before and what you will wear to work. This will ensure there’s no time wasted.
Have a support system
In the fitness journey having a support system is really helpful. A support system keeps you accountable and committed to your workout schedule. A support system can be your friend, colleague or family member, whom you workout with.
If you’re having any challenges in your active lifestyle, your support system is there to encourage you to keep going. You can join a fitness class together with your friend and always have them accompany you to the gym. You will in actual sense be supporting each other.
Get a gym membership
Getting a gym membership in a gym near your workplace is a good decision as you will stay committed to your workouts. Remember, membership costs you money, so you don’t want to pay for membership and simply do nothing.
Joining a gym near your workplace can make it easier to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Working out in a gym is better as you will have access to plenty of equipment and professional fitness trainers who will guide you in performing the right forms of exercise.
If you have a gym at your workplace, then you are lucky, so you utilize to stay fit.
Always take the stairs
How many times do you take the stairs? Taking the stairs is one of the easiest forms of exercise and you do not have to create time for that. You can easily include it to your daily schedule by just taking the stairs when you get to work, go for lunch and when you leave work. Isn’t that easy?
Taking is a simple form of cardio training as it increases your heart rate which is good for the health of your heart. Also, by taking the stairs you will be improving the health of your bones, joints, and legs.
Make your exercise schedule a habit
It’s always said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. You want to make your exercise schedule a habit or a part of your daily life. This is one of the best habits you will ever have.
To make it a habit, always have a look at it in the morning when you wake up. Your mind will be aware that the plan for that day also includes exercise. It will always be at the back of your mind and there is no way your day should end without fulfilling it.
I would advise you to create an exercise schedule and pin it on the wall in your bedroom in a strategic place in which it will be the very first thing you see when you wake up.
Something becomes a habit if you enjoy it. So, you need to perform exercises that you enjoy to make them your habit. Also, something can become your habit if it’s benefitting you. Exercising will surely bring forth long-term results.
Always track your exercises
Tracking your exercises is important as you will be able to measure your progress and determine your activity level. When you realize that your activity level is improving you will be motivated to keep keeping on. It feels good when you realize you can do something you couldn’t do a few days ago.
Note down all the accomplished workout sessions at the end of the day, week, month and even year. This way you will gain more insights about your progress.
Quit making excuses
Excuses should never be part of your life in whatever you do. To introduce exercise to your weekly schedule quit making excuses. Create time for exercise because you have that time. With one or two adjustments, you will realize you have plenty of time to exercise.
The above tips will guide you on how to introduce exercise to your weekly schedule. When starting be easy on yourself and start with simple exercises. You need to have the right mindset about an active lifestyle. Waking up earlier than your usual time to exercise can be helpful, especially if you have a demanding job during the day. You also need to build a support system, make your exercise schedule a habit and track your activity level to stay motivated.