When life gets busy, it’s really easy to let the self-care drop. Yet this is exactly the times that we need to be upping, or at least staying consistent, with the self-care.
Trying to fit everything into one day can be really tricky, but almost impossible if you don’t plan. When you don’t plan, you can end up spending your day in re-action mode, rather than action mode. Everything that makes the most noise gets your attention first, rather than the things that need to get done.
When you workout you feel great, and when you feel great, you’re your best self. And when you’re your best self, life is a happier experience, and you get more out of it.
So here are my top tips to squeeze in a workout when life is so busy, so you can stay consistent:
- Do your workout first thing in the morning. That way, nothing can get in the way. Yes it can be so tough to get up and do a workout straight away, but sometimes, it’s the only way to fit it in. Alarm goes off, you throw on your gear, and get stuck in. 30 minutes later, before you’re even aware what you’ve done, it’s over and you’ve your whole day ahead.
- Plan the days you’re going to workout, the times, every single detail. I highly recommend you do a workout either first thing, or while you’re still moving. For example, the second you come home from work is better than after you’ve sat down to relax. On your lunch break is better than after dinner, when you’re tired. If you do have to do it after dinner, make sure you do it straight after the clean up, rather than sitting down first.
- Treat it like a 30 minute session, which it is! Don’t let it occupy headspace for any time beforehand. Five minutes before your workout, throw your trainers on and get it done. Have all your equipment ready, gear ready, and off you go. When you spend hours thinking about it, you put yourself off.
- Do the right type of training for maximum results. Strength training, interval training and core work for 30 minutes, 4-5 times per week will get you in the best shape of your life. You’ll fit great in your clothes, have tons of energy and feel really good.
- Remind yourself frequently, of all the reasons why you workout, and what happens when you don’t workout. Consistent, powerful reminders really help to keep you on track. There is nothing more frustrating than working out for a while, feeling brilliant, then stopping exercise, gaining weight and feeling like crap again. Stop the vicious cycle and stay consistent.