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“I Don’t Have Time to Workout”
10 tips and techniques for the busy individual
By: Lacey Sprouse NASM CPT
Spectrum Fitness in Central

Does this sound like you? Everyone has their excuses why there are not enough hours in a day to get in a workout. Whether it be that the person has kids to take care of, a job to go to or just mismanages their time, one of these tips will work for you.

  1. Train earlier in the day and get it done. I promise you will feel more energetic during the rest of the day even if that means getting up earlier to workout.
  2. Schedule an appointment with yourself or a personal trainer and keep it. You must make time for you.
  3. Devote half of your lunch hour to fitness (it shouldn’t take more than about 15 to 20 minutes to eat if you pack your lunch instead of going out to eat).
  4. Devote your lunch hour to fitness and then grab a smoothie from your gym for a quick and healthy lunch alternative.
  5. Workout more often but in shorter durations. If you only have a few minutes do something then and maybe you will find time at another point during the day.
  6. Workout more intensely as apposed to a longer workout. Don’t rest as long in between sets of lifting or if you are someone who walks for a long time then add 30 seconds to a minute of either a jog or run every few minutes.
  7. If you just can’t miss your favorite T.V. show then here are 2 tips for you:
  • Record or find out if your favorite show is on demand and watch it at a later time.
  • Workout in intervals during commercials.

Example: Commercial 1: jog in place, Commercial 2: crunches, Commercial 3: jumping jacks and continue this way for the rest of the show.

  1. If you are a stay-at home parent with young children then find a gym with a daycare. That way the kids can have fun with other children while you get healthier.
  2. Get in cardio and weights quickly in a group fitness class or a boot camp that combines weight training and cardio.
  3. Start off slowly and add more time as you adjust. Most people find if they don’t jump into a program but ease into it that the fitness bug will bite them and they will stick with it longer. 

  I hope I helped you find an answer to not having time to workout. Remember T.V. shows can wait, housework can be done later, getting up 30 minutes earlier won’t kill you and your children will be ok in the nursery. Because at the end of the day T.V. shows have reruns, the housework will get done, you could always go to bed 30 minutes earlier and the kids will thank you for the years you add on to your life by getting healthier. So find time in your busy schedule to get healthier and you will then say “Everyone has time to get healthy!”

*Remember do not start any exercise program without first consulting a health professional.*

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