There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day. I hear it all the time. Unfortunately, you are not going to get anymore; there’s always going to be 168 hours in a week. Considering how much is accomplished by great leaders of nations or the business leaders of our time or the great thought leaders in history, maybe we could free up some time to exercise each day? It may even help you to get more done through greater productivity.
Below are some tips to help you get the most out of your exercise time.
You will find that you are much more productive throughout your day if you take a brief break regularly (ideally hourly) to move your body. This could include walking up and down stairs, push ups and squats, or even stretching at your desk.
Avoid distractions. If you do have limited time on a particular day and you can only allocate 15 – 30 minutes of your day for an exercise session, ensure you limit distractions like watching television, chatting to people or reading a magazine, and just focus on your exercise session.
Add a distraction. On the other hand, if you have something that you have to read or a video presentation that you have to watch, combine it with exercise. Sit on an exercise bike and pedal whilst you get your work done.
Increase the intensity. If you are doing cardio activity, perform some higher intensity interval training instead of a longer low intensity session or if you are doing strength training, perform full body movement exercises or sequence your exercises in such a way that you limit the rest you need between sets.
Exercise first thing in the morning. It’s often easier to adhere to a regular exercise regime when you do it first thing in the morning before other responsibilities get in the way.
Quality time with others. Schedule workouts and physical activities with friends or family or work colleagues. Instead of meeting at a café, meet at a tennis court for a game of tennis, or instead of having a work meeting in an office, meet whilst you go for a walk or run.
Ensure that you know your plan for your exercise session and stay focussed to the plan. Too busy is not an adequate excuse. Not Only will exercise give you more productive hours in the day, your body is meant to (and needs to) move!