How to Work Out on a Busy Schedule

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Work, fun, and day-to-day activities can quickly take control of your day. Between never-ending work projects, meetings, daily tasks, and your lengthy personal to-do list, finding time to work out can seem impossible. However, with the right strategy and approach to time management, you can still make your health and fitness a priority while managing your busy schedule.

Here are a few strategies that can help you tailor your routine to best fit your schedule and find movements that work for your lifestyle. 

Set Clear Goals

Exercise can provide a multitude of health benefits. Do you exercise for strength? Mental health? Energy levels? Physique? Figure out what your goals are and what you want to achieve through a consistent workout routine, then determine the steps you need to take to reach those goals.

Utilize Proven Goal-Setting Strategies

Try the SMART Goal strategy. Write down what goals you want to achieve, what steps you need to achieve them, all within a specific timeframe.

Example: If you want to run a marathon this year, how much training should you do each week to prepare for it? What strength training exercises or running drills do you need to add to your routine to accomplish that goal?

Here are some more tips to help you get started with SMART goals.

Exercise Efficiently

If your schedule is jam-packed, taking steps to maximize efficiency will be crucial to getting the most out of your workout.

Tips to Help Make Your Schedule More Efficient:

Measure your progress with a physical or digital journal. You can use this journal to keep track of your nutrition and hydration habits as well as your workout schedule. You can also use this journal to self-reflect, adjust your routine, and keep track of your progress.

Prepare your gear before the workout. Decide what you’re going to wear or bring with you ahead of time. Set an alarm when it’s time to go to the gym and prepare your workout gear the night before your workout. You can also set up your music/audiobook playlist ahead of time to avoid wasting time with your phone during your workout.

Every movement counts. Even if you don’t have more than 30 minutes, you can still get in a good workout. On hectic days, consider doing a 10-minute HIIT workout or a quick 5-minute yoga routine between meetings or during your break.

Commit to Your Schedule

By dedicating a specific time to work out, you’re making exercise a priority. Honor that commitment and refrain from scheduling other activities during that time. Remind yourself that you and your health come first!

Tips to Help You Stay Committed to Your Workout:

Make your workouts your “me” time. Even the most extroverted people need a little solo time now and again. Working out, whether at home or the gym, can provide that extra time to yourself that you may not be getting otherwise.

Find what works for your lifestyle. Pick a workout you can do virtually anywhere whether you’re traveling, at the office, or working from home. Here are just a few quick workouts you can explore that pack a punch in 30 minutes or less:
• Go for a walk or run
• Jump rope
• HIIT workouts
• Yoga
• Dance

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Keeping a consistent exercise routine while also juggling a busy work/life schedule can be stressful. By implementing these strategies, we’re confident you can reap the rewards of consistent exercise without sacrificing your busy schedule.

If chronic pain or an unexpected injury is getting in the way of your busy schedule, consult with an Airrosti provider today.

We treat many common injuries and can typically resolve most patient cases within 3.2 visits (based on patient-reported outcomes). Our providers are dedicated to finding and fixing pain at the source for lasting relief. We also work with you to find tools and resources to help you continue to live pain free.

Contact Airrosti and start your recovery today. We offer both in-office and virtual appointments through Airrosti Remote Recovery.


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