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What to do if your Schedule Doesn’t allow a Consistent Exercise Routine

Despite the speed and convenience with which most things can be accomplished nowadays, many people still complain of being busy. Due to time constraints, some people fail to do regular exercise while others tend to forgo any physical activity at all.

Although most people would agree that exercise is essential for good health, many would give it up if their schedule is much too tight for any extra activity. But what most people fail to realize is that regular exercise does not have to take too much of your precious time. With proper planning, time management and determination, you will be able to perform a consistent exercise routine to keep you fit.

A consistent exercise routine could include any physical activity which you engage in on a regular basis like daily, once a week, two to three times a week, etc. Here are a few pointers on how you could squeeze a consistent exercise routine into your busy schedule.

Set your goals.

First and foremost, be sure to outline your goals for engaging in regular exercise. Let your goals be realistic, attainable and measurable so you can assess the advantages of engaging in exercise despite your hectic schedule.

Plan to achieve your goals.

List down the steps you need to take to achieve your goals. If you need to consult a professional, discuss how you could manage to engage in a regular exercise routine in spite of your heavy schedule.

Identify the exercise or exercises that are best for you and your schedule.

Make a list of possible exercises you would like to perform and could do so considering your schedule. Classify these exercises into three categories based on how frequent you could perform them: daily, two to three times a week, once a week or every two weeks.

Plan your daily schedule during weekdays.

Once you have identified the exercise routines which you think you could do on a daily basis, identify specific times during the day or night wherein you could effectively squeeze these routines. These exercises could include:

• Using a treadmill, stationary bike, cross-trainer, weights, hula hoop, etc. while alone in your office or while watching TV at home.

• Walking or riding a bike to and/or from work if possible.

• Avoiding elevators and using the stairs in your office if possible.

• Doing routine household chores before going to the office or before sleeping.

• Getting up and walking around the office every one to two hours.

Map out your weekend schedule.

If you are very busy with your work during weekdays, chances are you are also busy catching up with family and personal matters during weekends. Naturally, you would also feel like catching up with your needed sleep and rest that you would not consider exercise as one of your priorities. But if you want to, you could manage to do a weekly exercise routine every weekend.

First, list down all the things you need to do every weekend. This list could include doing the laundry, cleaning the house, or gardening. Depending on your religious orientation or family background, you may also include going to church and visiting family here.

Next, make a list of activities which you occasionally do during weekends. This could include church-going, family get-togethers, out-of-town trips, or going out with friends or family. Include here occasional weekend visits to spas, salons, and gyms as well.

Then, list down any form of exercise you would like to engage in every weekend and identify specific time or times you could squeeze this exercise routine into. If you are a morning person, you could run or jog a few miles on Saturdays and Sundays. You could also use a treadmill, stationary bike or any workout machine while enjoying a movie or watching TV at home. Or do some gardening every Saturday if possible.

Self-discipline and determination

Lack of time should never be considered an excuse not to engage in a regular exercise. No matter how busy you are, you should always find time to exercise and to do it regularly.

On the other hand, having enough time alone does not guarantee that you can keep a consistent exercise routine. Although time is very important, determination and self-discipline are also vital factors that enable you to engage in a regular exercise routine.