4 tips for adding fitness in your life

4 Tips For Adding Fitness to Your Life

Today I am excited to share a guest post from my friend Emily over at LifeInSpandex.com. She is seriously kickass and a constant source of motivation. She is that blogger whose blog you read, put down the cookies and go for a run.

Meet Emily

Hi there! My name is Emily. I’m a certified personal trainer working in gym management by day and the founder/blogger at lifeinspandex.com by night. To say my life is busy here in California would be an understatement. But, let’s be real, we’re all busy! Am I right? I get asked a lot about how I balance my career, blog, social life, and fitness without going nuts and still finding the time to clean my apartment. Let me tell you, it’s not easy, but nothing ever worth it is! In a world where we are constantly being pulled in a million directions, how do we make the time for our health?

Before transitioning into the fitness industry, I worked in corporate marketing for 2-years, mainly in digital. It didn’t take long for me to realize my passion for helping others find health was too strong to ignore. So, I managed to acquire my NASM and ACSM personal training certifications all while balancing a full-time job, regular workouts, a social life, and sleep. Yup, it sounds crazy, and it was for a few months. But, it taught me that having balance in your life isn’t necessarily about cutting things out, rather staying organized, on task, and present.  

I get it, when we’re stressed, strapped for time, and overwhelmed the first thing to go is usually exercise. This is because most people see it as a non-necessity. However, this is the furthest thing from the truth! In times of stress, taking care of ourselves is probably the most important task on our to-do list. So, when it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, how do you prioritize fitness while still balancing everything else?

Today, I am sharing with you my top 4 tips for fitting in a sweat session when your schedule is bonkers.

Schedule it in

Just like a meeting at work, doctor’s appointment, or school pick-up, schedule in your workout. You wouldn’t bail last minute on picking up your kids from school or not show up for work. Treat your workout the same way. Sure, at times things may come up. But this should be the exception, not the norm.

 Make it a date

If you know your bestie is waiting for you at the 6am spin class or at the gym after work, you’re less likely to bail. Not only will you have someone to help hold you accountable, it’s always more fun to sweat with a buddy. You get to spend time with your friends and also work up a sweat! Just make sure you aren’t just distracting each other and turning your workout into a social outing. You should help each other stay focused and motivated! Who doesn’t love a cheerleader?

Get it done first thing

I can hear your moans already. Most of us aren’t morning people by nature. Waking up before the sun doesn’t sound appealing to anyone, even me. However, I always like to workout first thing in the morning. For one, it opens up the rest of my day. Get invited to a happy hour after work? Not a problem! Your workout is already done. Second, studies have shown that working out first thing in the morning actually helps you burn more fat all day long! (Even if it’s just 30-minutes of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) in your living room!)

Find a workout you love

If you hate running, don’t run! If you can’t stand the idea of squatting, don’t squat! In other words, if you try to force yourself into a workout you don’t enjoy, most likely you aren’t going to do it. Try a Zumba or sculpt class, hire a personal trainer for a session or two (some gyms will even offer you one free session), go hike outside, and/or try a workout from lifeinspandex.com. The right workout for you is one you can actually look forward to doing. This way, the hour you spend exercising isn’t something you dread. You may even find it’s the part of the day you look forward to the most! And then you can join me on that crazy train ;). In fact, I consider my workout my “me” time. It helps alleviate stress, calms my mind, and leaves me feeling reenergized. This can be the same for you!

So tell me, do you find it hard to fit in time to workout? Why so? If not, how do you make your workout a priority?

You can find more health and fitness tips and follow Emily’s passion for helping women find a balanced approach to health and fitness on her blog: lifeinspandex.com and on social media  TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagram.

Check out my post on her blog How To Make Time For Fitness When You Aren’t Motivated here.

30 comments

  1. Candy

    Getting it done first. Longer I wait it isn’t going to happen

  2. Kiara

    It’s so important to find workouts you love! I love running and Pilates and they don’t feel horrible and stressful!

  3. Ivanna | Provocative Joy

    The two suggestions you made that would make the biggest impact to me would be scheduling in a work out and asking a friend to do it with me. I don’t schedule it in because I pretend that I’ll actually want to work out the next day, but I never do.

  4. Brittany

    I’m not a morning person, but I work out first thing after work. I don’t even let myself go home. If I go home, I get stuck on the couch and that’s the end of it!

  5. GiGi Eats

    For me = fitness is like brushing my teeth and eating – IT HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE DAY!

  6. Elisabeth Wallace - The Abstract Life

    I am so bad at making it work into my schedule. At my old job my gym was a walk across the street so I’d go right before or after work or during lunch and had groups or a buddy I worked out with regularly so they held me accountable and motivated me. Since I moved and work such weird hours I’ve been really bad at making it a priority. I need to change it up! Maybe I need to join a gym again instead of just going to my building’s gym on my own. Thanks for the tips! Very encouraging.

    Elisabeth – http://www.theabstractlife.com

  7. Happily Tanned

    I am a marathon runner so I can relate to this one. loved your post!

  8. Valerie

    I think getting up and getting it done is key for me. I dread doing it.

  9. Logan

    I am definitely more likely to get it done if I do it first thing in the morning! Great tips!

  10. Niki Gordon

    Excellent tips! I need more fitness in my life and hopefully some of these will help!!

  11. Lauren

    Awesome tips! If I dont schedule it I dont get it done!

  12. Rochelle

    Yes, I agree with first thing in the morning. Just get it out of the way. The only thing is I have to get back on track and back on the schedule.

  13. jehava

    Ugh I’ve let this go so much in my life. Thank your for your tips they are very helpful!

  14. Karen

    I think these are great tips! Making fitness a priority and actually making time for it is the only way to make sure it happens. Otherwise, it just gets pushed back and then you never get to it. I always have to make sure I do it first thing or I’ll find myself wishing I did come bed time.

  15. Lauren | Talk of the Trains Blog

    Ughhhh. I am NOT a morning person, but I do always feel better after I’ve gotten it up and just gotten it done! I just had a baby, so I am trying to soon motivate myself to get back in the swing of things! Remembering these tips as I hit it hard here in the next few weeks!!

  16. Willow

    I like to get my workout in first thing in the morning. Otherwise I find myself making excuses as to why I don’t have time to get it in.

  17. KP

    It’s SO SO SOOOOO important to find some form of fitness that you enjoy!! If you don’t enjoy it you’re never going to do it!
    I have the problem of being really hard on myself with fitness. I’m having to start all over again, after being fit for a few years and then getting derailed. Right now I don’t enjoy heavy workout sessions like a used to, and I need to be okay with that. I love going on walks with my dogs and that’s okay if that’s my only form of exercise for the next little while. I’ll just walk for longer periods of time, or try to walk a little faster to speed up my heart rate. Fitness looks different for everybody, that’s what’s so great about it 🙂

  18. Erin

    I love having a buddy to workout with…it means I won’t skip my workout. The last tip is great! I hate burpees so I refuse to do anything (ahem, crossfit) that involves burpees. 😉
    xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

  19. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Great tips! I have to “get it done” first thing, or I won’t do it! Sometimes convenient, sometimes not!

  20. Carrie

    These are great tips! I definitely try to schedule my workouts in… If I write it on my calendar it normally gets done!

  21. Agnes

    Thanks for the tips! I think the biggest thing for me is getting it done first thing in the morning because once the day passes by I get lazy.

  22. Cori

    Also, keep in mind, housework and yardwork are great ways to squeeze in extra exercises. I’m certainly feeling it in my arms from weeding the flowerbeds.

  23. Sky

    I have trouble fitting in a workout because my schedule is so sporadic and I never really know what I’m doing until that day. Plus, I live in a volunteer house with several other people and get really self-conscious about working out in front of others. When I make it back to Honduras, I’m going to make a point of putting a bigger emphasis on my health and hopefully start a yoga practice.

  24. Dia

    I don’t have a yard but I know a lot of people see it as a great way to get moving. I tend to clean as I go cause I’m a little OCD so I don’t think that would be enough for me.

  25. Dia

    I get that. At one point I was literally just walking around the outside of the house for half an hour. It’s moving lol

  26. Dia

    Way to go Leslie!

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