Admit it. You think about doing it. You want to do it. But there are just so many other things that must get done first. Yes, we’re talking about staying fit. The problem is that making time to be fit and fabulous is tricky if you’re doing a million other things on any given day. So, without further ado, here are tips for staying fit no matter how busy life gets:Tap the power of intensity.
Staying in shape is about quality, not quantity. Be smart about your time-crunch by doing activities that deliver maximum intensity in minimum time. Circuit training is an ideal way to do that because it provides a series of intense exercises with little or no rest in between. The goal is to raise the heart rate while strengthening muscles.
Some circuit training programs take up to 30 minutes to complete, but you may not have that kind of time. Instead, try a program that provides a healthy burst of exercise in a can-do time frame. For example, if you’re a fitness newbie, start with the Before You Shower Mini Workout for Beginners. Looking to maximize your time? Challenge yourself to a high intensity 5 Minute workout.
Commit to a fitness schedule.
Doing chores at home or staying on your feet most of the day is not the best way to reach fitness goals. Look at your schedule, identifying times you can commit to a workout. If the schedule is constantly in flux, set your workout times at the start of each month. This makes it simpler to adjust for seasonal activities or changes in work schedule.
Sometimes it does take a village to build a healthy body. Make the time you need to stay fit by teaming up with a health-minded friend or even your partner to go running or jogging. You can set goals and challenge yourselves, It might even be possible to create a workout group within your neighborhood.
Make meals fool-proof.
Nothing sabotages a stay-fit plan faster than the lure of easy processed meals—or worse, fast food—on a busy night or day. Avoid high-sodium, high-fat food traps by planning meals in advance. Set aside time during the weekend to create a food menu and shopping list for the upcoming week.