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How to Prioritize Exercise Even With A Busy Schedule

Life has a way of feeling hectic most days. Especially during this time of the year. With work, family, and other commitments demanding our attention it can be hard to prioritize yourself. But with all this chaos, it is important to take care of your health and fitness. Many people use the excuse of being too busy as a reason not to exercise. But with a little planning and determination, fitting in workouts is doable, no matter how hectic your schedule is. Here are some helpful tips to get started on an exercise routine no matter what your schedule looks like.

Set Realistic Goals:
Start with setting realistic fitness goals based on where you are in your current season of life. Whether it be aiming to hit a certain number of workouts per week or trying to accomplish specific fitness achievements, having clear and defined goals can help you to stay focused and motivated.

Make Exercise a “Non-Negotiable”:
Treat exercise like an appointment in your calendar. Block out time for your workouts and stay committed to your schedule, in the same way you would a work fuction or family event.

Focus on Short, High-Intensity Workouts:
You don’t have to spend hours at the gym to see results. Short, high-intensity workouts can be just as effective, if not more, than longer training sessions. These type of workouts can be squeezed in even on the busiest of days.

Find Activities You Enjoy:
Exercise doesn’t have to mean slogging away on the treadmill if that’s not your thing. Find activities you genuinely enjoy, whether it’s hiking, dancing, or playing a sport. When you’re having fun, it won’t feel like exercise at all.

Get Creative with Time Management:
Look for pockets of time throughout your day where you can sneak in some activity. Whether it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing squats while waiting for dinner to cook, or going for a walk during your lunch break, every little bit adds up.

Prioritizing exercise in your busy life may require some adjustments and sacrifices, but the long-term benefits to your health and well-being make it more than worth it. Remember, taking care of yourself is not selfish; it’s essential for being able to show up fully in all areas of your life.