With so many obligations and responsibilities packed into each and every day, it can sometimes be tough to squeeze in a workout. We’ll help you find ways to stay motivated and active—no matter how hectic your day-to-day is.
Let’s face it, life is busy and it can be challenging to fit in the things we love (like your favourite sports!) when there are so many other things that need our attention every day. But guess what? Squeezing in an at-home workout, full body or not, is easier than you think; here are a few tips to help you get it done.
The first question you need to ask yourself is “Am I a morning person?”... Everyone’s inner clock is different, and it’s important to recognize when in the day you feel most energetic. Some people spring out of bed at 5 am; other people get a burst of energy when the sun begins to set. Figuring out which time of day is best for you is the first step. Once you’ve reserved that block of time (and it doesn’t have to be long!) you can juggle other priorities accordingly.
Tips & tricks for doing your exercises or home gym properly
- Set your alarm for 5:30 am so you can start working out by 6 am. For many, the early morning is a quiet time when they can enjoy a peaceful workout session and feel charged up and ready for the day ahead.
- Opt for a lunch-time workout and block some time in your calendar to get it in. This will require some meal prep (more on that later); but you can definitely get a 30-minute session in before that afternoon videoconference. Pro tip: If it’s in your calendar, you’ll do it!
- Wait until the evening, when the busy pace of the day starts to wind down. Giving your body a chance to move once you’ve signed off from work can offer a huge release—both for your muscles and your mind.
You don't need to have a dedicated workout room in your home to find a good spot that makes you feel inspired to move and do your cardio or strength training workout. Depending on the type of workout you do, you shouldn’t need too much space—often just enough for a yoga mat and a few accessories will do. Pick a spot that doesn’t get too much foot traffic from others in your home. Natural light can be motivating, and try to find a clutter-free environment so you won’t be distracted with thoughts like, “I should really tidy up in here”.
Tips & tricks
- You may find a small, quiet space in the basement, attic, or even the family room (when it’s not being used). Find a creative way to store your equipment, so it’s ready to go when you are. Roll up your yoga mat and slide it under the couch, store small dumbbells and bands in a decorative basket or storage box, etc.
- With minimal accessories, you can set up your very own at-home “gym”. A mat is handy for most workouts. Dumbbells are useful, but resistance bands take up even less space and offer a wide range of muscle toning options. Gliders are great for core, legs and upper body moves; and since they’re small and flat, they require virtually no space at all.
Finding ways to fit your workout in is about recognizing your own rhythm and preferences, then making a commitment to make it happen. Try a few different ways of doing it at first; you’ll quickly see what works for you and what doesn’t. The good news is, once you find the method that works for you, it will soon become a habit and you won’t even have to think about it. A little planning goes a long way, and your body (and mind) will thank you for getting it done!