5 steps to fit exercise into your busy schedule

It’s alright for her. She doesn’t work. She has all day to workout.

I just don’t have the time. And when I do, I’m too exhausted to exercise”.

Every time I go to exercise, something gets in the way. Then I think there’s no point. I’ll start again next week”.

Do any of these statements sound familiar?

I recently saw a post inside my Facebook Group from a lady who said she got up at 4am to drive 2 hours to work, to work for 10 hours and then drive the 2 hours home again. THIS is someone who is struggling for time to workout.

Unless you are doing the same, there ARE ways you can fit exercise into your busy schedule. We are all busy women but this can’t be an excuse for not prioritising our health and fitness.

If you can press pause and take a moment to look at your schedule, you can find a way to be consistent with your fitness. Admittedly, sometimes we have to be creative with when and what we are doing, but there has to be time somewhere in our day when we can move.

So what’s the key? Effort and planning. Sounds simple and it can be, provided you are committed to making it work. You’ve got to want it.

Step 1 – Plan how you are going to fit in your exercise

You need to take specific actions to get the results you want. Decide on what exercise regime you will follow to achieve your goals and commit to DOING the exercise every single day, before anything else. These exercises, done consistently, will make your success inevitable.

Step 2 – Release emotional attachment to the results

You can’t control the outcome of your efforts at this point in time. Let go of that and focus on what it is you need to do each day. Have faith that the effort you put in will get you the rewards you desire.

Step 3 – Schedule your workouts

Use your calendar, or a diary, to figure out where your free time is. I know, I know. You don’t have any. But really, if getting fit is important to you, MAKE the time. First thing in the morning is a wonderful time to schedule your exercise as a recurring appointment. This time of the day is usually protected from any distractions, or interruptions. As long as you are getting to bed at a decent hour and sleeping between 7-8 hours, set your alarm to get up early and workout. The benefits last all day long.

Step 4 – Be accountable

Being accountable means you are responsible to someone, or something else. Find a supportive community, a friend who is going to work alongside you, or family members, who need to understand how important your health is to you and take steps to support you in your endeavour.

Step 5 – Assess your results and adjust your workout plan

If things are headed in the right direction, stick with it! If you’re finding your process isn’t working, or you have plateaued, adjust your plan and work outside your comfort zone. Don’t give up. Find a way to make it work and be consistent.

Believe you can do it, put in the effort and you will get the results you want.

It’s a constant journey and continuous effort. But if you believe that the result is worth it, the effort will be too.

These steps are inspired by “The Miracle Equation” by Hal Elrod.

Sarah is the founder of Breaking Ballet, a unique online ballet fitness programme for busy women.

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