Workout Tips for the Busy and Stressed

Are you super-stressed, ridiculously busy and feeling overwhelmed about fitting in fitness into your routine? Fitness expert, Blake Worrall-Thompson, shows us how you can do it all.

‘Back in the day,’ life wasn’t as quick as it is now. The digital age has caused the world to move a million times faster and as a result, there is a lot of competition for your time. 

So how can we accommodate for the fast and frantic pace of life in the 21st century? How do you fit everything in? Is there still time for exercise and time to focus on your health? OF COURSE there is! Here are a few tips to get you in shape before summer without it feeling too overwhelming:

1. Create 1 monthly habit at a time

With each and every one of my clients, I focus on monthly goals. Each goal doesn’t have to be a big thing, because if you’re creating one new healthier habit over a 12-month period (yep, 12 new healthy habits) you’ll find you’ve completely transformed your health without it feeling overwhelming. You WILL get results, even with the smallest of changes, so focus on that one thing. Write your goal down and have it somewhere where you will see it every day—and within that 30 days you’ll be well on the way to nailing it.

2. Short and sweet

Unless you are training for a marathon or a large triathlon, there is no reason you need to train for hours. ALL of my clients’ sessions are no longer than 45 minutes, and it’s the same for me.
From now on, think intensity instead of duration. When I talk intensity, I’m talking serious intensity. You know that level where you can’t hold a conversation? Yep, that’s the intensity I’m talking about.

3. Lock it in, Eddie

There is so much going on in life that you NEED to lock that time in for your workouts. Instead of saying you’ll “go to the gym three times this week,” know EXACTLY when you‘re going to the gym, and make it the same each week. That way you’re much more likely to stay on track and maintain it.
If I were you, I would get it done first thing in the morning. Yes, I know, many of you think you’re not morning people—but you can easily become morning people…and with the weather starting to get a little better, now is the perfect time to start becoming a morning person!

When it comes to training first thing in the morning versus ‘later’—you are much more likely to stay on track if you train first thing in the morning, because nothing can get in your way. Plan to train later in the day, and if everything in your day doesn’t go according to plan it might be that your day is pushed back a bit, and then a bit more, and by the time all of your other stuff is actually finished you can’t be bothered. The other thing is that if you don’t LOVE going to the gym, there is nothing worse than the constant reminder in the back of your head that you need to go to the gym. Get it done and get it out of the way!

4. Strength in numbers

Sometimes (actually most of the time) a commitment to someone else can be a lot stronger than a commitment to yourself. So even during those times when your life is especially busy, if you know you are meeting someone at the gym or for a run you’re a lot less likely to fall off the bandwagon, because that person is counting on you to be there.

The other thing is that if you’re trying for a high intensity (as we spoke about before) you may need someone to push you that little bit harder. It can be easier to pull back on the intensity if you’re training by yourself, but when someone else is watching, you’re more likely to put in that extra effort.

Read more articles form Blake here.

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