If you haven’t worked out in a while, you are going to have to establish an exercise routine.
And, with our busy schedules, finding time to workout is a challenge. The first step is to get it on your daily schedule. Even if it’s for 5 minutes, by putting it on your weekly schedule, this will help you develop the habit of exercise.
Make exercise a priority
Examine your schedule as if you were setting up an exercise routine for someone else. Look at your day-to-day routine through an objective lens. Ask yourself the following questions.
1. Are there things you are doing right now which take up time in your life that are unnecessary?
2. What actions and activities are you involved in that are unhealthy?
3. How many hours of television you watch each week?
4. Could you trade happy hour with your friends after work 3 times a week for exercise?
5. Do you really need to drive to work if you live within walking distance?
6. Can you go to sleep an hour earlier each night, and use the extra hour for exercise in the morning?
Schedule your exercise time
By honestly answering those questions, you can get a better idea of what blocks of time you have available during the week to exercise.
The next step…schedule the time in your daily planner or smartphone. Even if it’s 10 minutes each scheduled day for the first week will build momentum into the next week.
Whatever schedule you come up with, stick to it for a minimum of 30 days. Make exercise and physical fitness a top priority in your life. Squeeze it in wherever you can, develop and follow a plan religiously, and you will begin to see the results you are looking for.