How To Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Schedule

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Living healthy should be one of your greatest priorities, but that doesn't mean it's easy! Eating right and exercising helps us to be more successful in all aspects of our lives, but one thing that really gets in the way of being healthy is our work schedules. Finding the time to get to the gym is a struggle, but if we don't, we can be doing serious harm to ourselves. So how can we find the balance? Martin Bjergegaard, co-author of Winning Without Losing: 66 Strategies for Building a Wildly Successful Business While Living a Happy and Balanced Life, interviewed high-powered workers who also live healthy lives and came up with these tips for Greatist:

Work out efficiently. Pick a workout form that you can do almost anywhere, whether you’re traveling or getting home from the office late. Ideally, this will be a form of exercise that doesn’t require much preparation (maybe save the wind surfing for the weekend) and that accomplishes significant physical gains in a short period of time (sorry, golfers). High-intensity interval training, Tabata training, bodyweight exercises, and running are all great choices.

Cater to your own likes and dislikes. By now you might be thinking, “I hate running!” (or Tabata, or what have you) — and that’s okay. We each need to be realistic and to know ourselves. One person’s running is another person’s yoga, weight training, or dance. Flexing your self-discipline muscles is often necessary when it comes to exercise, but make it easier on yourself by choosing a form of exercise that fits your lifestyle, personality, and taste. Not sure what you love to do? Don’t be afraid to experiment with different forms of exercise until you find what works best for you.

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Use competitions as motivation. When it comes to being successful at work, collaboration is key. But when we’re trying to motivate ourselves to exercise on a regular basis (and with enough intensity for it to really matter), competition has its merits. Today, it’s possible to find a competition suitable to your skill level in almost any sport. Whether you’re elite, beginner, or somewhere in between, there’s something for all of us. Sign up, set a goal, and notice what it does to you — odds are good it might be the push you need to keep yourself in the game.

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Make a schedule and commit to it. One of the most cited reasons to skip a workout goes something like this: “I am just too busy at work today; I can’t make my yoga class.” I call BS! If you unexpectedly had to pick up your child from school and had no back-up plan, how would you deal with the situation? Cancel an internal meeting? Take some work home with you? Do some hard prioritizing? The truth is that when we really need to, we get out of the office at the time that is necessary. Make a schedule (write it down if it helps!), stick to it, and remind yourself that working out is a priority worth keeping.

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