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How to Fit in Your Workout

By Sara Butler

Exercise is key to health and wellness, but many people simply think they don't have the time to do it. The reality is that anyone has time to exercise if they really want to. And fitting it in isn't as difficult as you may think. In fact, if you can follow a few of these tips, then you may start to wonder why you didn't make exercise a regular part of your life much sooner.

Find an Activity That Works for You

If you've never run a day in your life and you hate the idea of it, then training for a 5K probably isn't the right choice for you. Don't sign up for classes at the wrong time of the day or that hold no interest for you. Find a time to work out that fits into your schedule and a workout that piques your interest and you'll have more success with it.

Create a Timetable

Organize your time each week by making a weekly calendar that accounts for your planned activities and exercise. This helps you to get a visual of how much time you spend exercising each week. Your goal should be at least 30 minutes most days of the week, even if it's something as simple as taking your dog for a walk after dinner each night.

Give Yourself a Reward

Hard work deserves a reward! That's why it's not a bad idea to attach something you want to your exercise goals -- just make sure it's not related to food. Instead, when you complete all your scheduled workouts for a week, treat yourself to a pedicure or a new tool attachment you've had your eye on. You may also want to think about attaching exercise to other things you enjoy such as socializing with friends or spending time with family.

Anticipate Dips

You're not going to feel motivated every single day to work out and that's OK. Don't beat yourself up too much about it. Instead, recognize that you're going to struggle and come up with a plan to address it. Ask your partner to make sure you're doing what you said you would if getting to your exercise class in the evenings is an issue for you. If you can find a workaround then it'll help you overall.

Working out is important to your overall health, so do what you can to make time for it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbus, Ohio.

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