How to Prioritize Your Fitness – No time? No problem!

This is a guest post from Douglas Sciortino

Staying fit is important to you. But so is everything else. Your ambition and devotion to your job takes more of your time than you’d like, maintaining social obligations becomes harder and harder, and you’re also in search of your soulmate.

It’s no wonder that finding the time to get your sweat on can be difficult. However, there are ways to help you intertwine your fitness with your hectic lifestyle without you evening noticing. Here are a few tips:

  1. Make a Commitment

You want to enhance your fitness. So, make a commitment and stick to it. Add your workouts to your calendar. Setting aside time for your workouts, will allow you to schedule around it. Don’t forget to include travel and shower time. If you’re like most of us, you aren’t in complete control of our calendars. Workout before work. When you get to work, your workout is complete, and you’re feeling awake and ready to take on the day. Also, track your progress.

What gets measured, gets done. Keeping a log that tracks your workouts is easy. There’s an app for that.

  1. Efficient Workout Routines

Low on time? Maximize your efficiency. The key is to complete a full-body workout with some cardio mixed in. Develop a circuit training workout, and after each circuit do 5 minutes of interval cardio. After 3-4 rounds, you will have completed 15-20 minutes of cardio in addition to your circuit training routine. Utilize compound combo exercises, such as squats with a shoulder press, lunges with a bicep curl, pull-ups with a knee raise, etc. These days, everyone seem to be traveling for work. Develop a quick workout that you can easily do without any equipment.

Whether you’re at home, the office, or in a hotel you’ll be able to stay on top of your fitness.

  1. Find Your Motivation

We all have those days when we just want to be lazy. And then that one day turns into two, and then a week. You need to find a way to stay motivated. So, do what you enjoy. Choose exercises and cardio that will keep you coming back for more. Workout with a friend. Your commitment to your friend could be that extra push you need on those tough days. Sign up for fun a fitness event like a 5k, a short triathlon, or even those ever so popular obstacle courses. Put your hard earned money on the line, pick a good social cause, and do it with friends for a little competition, and you’ll find plenty of satisfaction when you cross that finish line.

  1. Eliminate Conveniences

Just can’t find the time today? Not to worry. There are several ways to add a little bit of fitness to your day without even noticing. Wherever you go, park in the furthest parking spot from the entrance. The extended walk will burn extra calories. If you do that just twice a day, you’ll burn an extra 40 calories a day, which adds up to an extra 4 pounds over the year! Ditch the elevator and take the stairs. Not only will the stairs burn calories, stairs maintain a healthy heart. Are you watching TV? Do push-ups or sit-ups during the commercial break. Try to beat your maximum repetition count for each commercial. Utilize your pedal power and bike to work. You’ll get two workouts a day, and not being stuck in traffic will help reduce your stress.

  1. Go on a Fitness Date

You’re reading this post because you lack an abundance of free time, so why not combine your goals of working with Date to Soul Mate and fitness. Kill two birds with one stone. Go for a nice 5-6 mile hike. It will get your heart pumping, but it is also a perfect opportunity to get to know someone better. Are you a little more adventurous? Go kayaking or rock climbing together for a great upper body workout. Even a simple bike ride along the beach will do the trick. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Douglas Sciortino – Contributor

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Doug is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer (CPT) who left the U.S. Air Force to pursue his love of fitness and nutrition. He currently trains at the El Segundo Athletic Club, El Segundo, CA, and provides an aggressive, high intensity, functional boot camp class.

He is a member of IDEA Health and Fitness Association. He enjoys sharing his passion and energy with others to help them achieve their goals towards a happier and healthier life.