When I was younger, I worked out a lot and I was pretty healthy for the most part, I was very active and unusually for a student, I did actually cook from time to time! But as happens to many people, I got a job and regular exercise went by the wayside.
It is a fact of life that sometimes you don’t have as much time as you would like to spend working out and eating right, so it’s easy to let things slip… Which is exactly what I did.
Ok, sob story over, but the good news is that with a little effort I pulled things around, and now I am giving you some time-saving tips to help you keep on top of your own fitness regime.
Have A Simple Schedule
You actually have a lot more time in a day than you realize, but when you are busy it is easy to waste time when you don’t have anyone thing to focus on. Little bits of time wasted add up and by saving that time you can invest it into some exercise.
Creating a simple schedule will save you thinking time and allow you to be proactive and effective.
Example: Make Tuesdays and Thursdays a workout day. Decide exactly what your workout will entail and when you will do it (right after work maybe). Plan it out so that you don’t waste any time deciding what to do and as soon as you’re done, get on with your day.
Healthy Snacks & Supplements
You may think that you don’t have time to eat right, but unhealthy habits are often born of laziness or temptation. It is especially easy to give in to will power when you are hungry (after a workout for instance).
I always keep healthy snacks where I can grab them to prevent unhealthy eating and I often use supplements to top up on protein and vitamins when I don’t have a chance to eat as many veggies as I would like.
Gyms are great, but if you don’t happen to have one on your route to work or near your house you might not want to invest the time required to get there. When you’re really busy, bodyweight exercises can go a long way to keeping you in shape.
- Press-ups (all variations)
- Pull ups (overhand and underhand)
- Bench/Chair dips
- Planks (amazing for your core)
- Jumping squats
Do at least 2 workouts a week. If you put in the work, you can easily do a grueling workout in 15-20 minutes, so there really is no excuse!
When you feel hungry, that is when you are most likely to make the wrong food choices and unfortunately, cooking good meals takes time… Unless you prepare in advance!
Try having a big cook day each week, it won’t take that much longer than your normal cooking routine, but make extra so that you can freeze a few portions to use throughout the week.
This way, you will always have a healthy meal at hand which can be heated up in a few minutes or less. This will help you to avoid uttering the fatal words “let’s just get a takeaway”!