Balancing Work and Exercise
Many of my clients have come to me saying they would like to exercise more, but they just can’t find the time. There just seems to be not enough hours in the day for it all.
During my time studying at University I found it easy to create time to work out. When attending ACU in Strathfield, I would go to a few classes three to four days a week, soccer four nights, and then work one or two shifts as a retail sales assistant during the other days. Finding the time to work out seemed easy. In the US at The University of Pittsburgh, it was even easier, as our workouts were part of our soccer training. Three to four gym sessions a week on top of training, it was just part of my weekly schedule.
When I moved back home to Sydney, the transition from University to working full time and playing soccer, appeared to make it near impossible to work out! (Unless of course I sacrificed Netflix at night, but yeah, that didn’t happen). In all seriousness, the challenge for a lot of us is creating a good 45 minutes three to four times a week to exercise. Not only do you need to find the time, but also find the energy. You have put your energy into a hard day’s work, cooking, cleaning and just general ‘adulting’.
It didn’t make sense to me, I was just as busy during my University days. At Uni I was spending every minute of every day either in class, in the library, at soccer practice or in the gym, and I would still have time off to hang out with my good friends. What was the difference?
The difference was it was in my schedule, and I had no choice on the matter. When I landed back in Sydney, this necessity and demand didn’t come from my environment and my motivation took on a new challenge. One of the great advantages of having a personal trainer is that you are held accountable for your workouts by somebody else. This makes it easier to stay on track, and commit to your health and fitness journey.
A few key points on making time to exercise:
- Workout as early as you can. This will get your day to the right start, and will actually increase your mood at work.
- Write out your current weekly schedule. Like a food diary, write down what you would do in a regular week, what times you do things and what times are vacant. Often you will find by writing down your schedule, that you have more time than you think.
- Grocery shop and cook in BULK! There is no need to cook every night, pick a day (Sunday for me) where you have a few free hours. Utilize these hours to cook dinners and lunches in bulk, which will save you time when you have none!
- Make exercise a priority and allocate a time. Allocate time specifically for your workouts, make them part of your schedule. Soon this will become your routine and it will feel like second nature to workout.
- Get a personal trainer. Your personal trainer has one job and one job only; to make sure that you reach your fitness goals and maintain them once you are there. We do the thinking for you, we organize appropriate workouts and help with your eating habits. Save time by getting a fitness professional.
Contact us about a trial personal training session today! Or grab a friend or two and trial together. We offer sessions in the inner west and city area of Sydney, from Burwood through to Surry Hills. Results guaranteed!