We want to stay fit, but being busy ourselves, we know how hard it can be to squeeze in a workout, especially if it means finding child care, going to the gym, changing, getting to and from the gym and then the actual workout. It can be so time consuming! But not to worry, here are some tips to help keep you fit and in shape, even if you are time crunched throughout the day!
Track your Time
Take a full week and write down everything you do and the time frame. Morning ritual: 63 minutes, Drive to work: 30 minutes, watching TV: 45 minutes, reading a magazine: 25 minutes….This may seem strange, but actually, if you log your day you may find bits of time that are prime for squeezing in a workout. Checking Facebook for 45 minutes a day? Take it out and you have that extra time to work out. A great way to prioritize your time and find when a workout best suits you.
Create Mini Workouts
It is possible to get a great workout in in 10 minute time slots! Yes, if you break up your 30-60 minute workout throughout the day you can reap the same benefits as one long workout. Wake up 10 minutes earlier and do 10 minutes of Jumping Jacks, Burpees, Mountain Climbers and running in place, before you shower. At lunch, go outside for a quick 10-30 minute session again. Bring your walking shoes to work and go for a brisk walk along the river or lake, you can even wear your work clothes or walk through old town and go Christmas window shopping. Kids finally taking their nap? Squeeze in a quick 10 min intense cardio session in your living room. By breaking up your workout, it will seem less daunting.
Find a Personal Trainer or Class
Although this can be pricey and will take some time, a personal trainer can give you a workout that will motivate and teach you how to best make use of your time. It is a more efficient way to squeeze in a workout because you don’t have to think, you just have to follow instructions. The same goes with taking a class. All you do is show up, perform and leave, easy! No trying to figure out those pesky weird machines or how to hold a dumbbell correctly.
Buy a Pedometer
By setting your own goals and keeping track throughout the day, you can be sure you will push yourself harder to stay active. You can buy a fitbit, a Nike fuel band or even a pedometer that fits to your clothing. Set a goal for yourself and keep to it. You will be surprised how you can sneak in an extra 100 steps by walking to work, taking the baby out, or always taking the stairs instead of the elevator. You can check out Athleticum, Migros electronic store, or Ochsner Sport for a wide selection of stylish (even pink!) pedometers that track calories burned, heart rate, sleep cycle plus other fun features that keep you moving.
We know staying fit is important and hopefully with these tips we Zuri Girls will keep happy and healthy even when crunched for time!
Written by Zuri Girl, Leticia Mora. A Personal Trainer since 2012 with a background in psychology and fitness, she makes personal training a perfect combination to motivate and get people on a healthy lifestyle track. She absolutely loves helping people to realize their goals. Since moving to Switzerland she has started Rockin Bods, a personal training company.