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6 Steps to Maintain Fitness During the Workweek

By Morgan Radlinger C.W.P.

Let’s face it – everybody could use more time in the day.

Although ‘Fitstagram’ pages on social media may make maintaining a consistent fitness routine on top of a full work schedule and social obligations look easy, finding ways to accomplish everything in 24 hours is no simple feat.

Beyond how easy it can be to excuse lapses with the other to-dos, it can feel overwhelming and difficult to try and find time to hit the gym or the yoga mat. None of that is to mention how downright unmotivated you can feel if work or home is feeling especially stressful.

Our team at Network Health regularly confronts the question of how to make time for fitness. It’s not an easy question, but based on the success of others, we’ve found some solid strategies that should prove successful.

Here are six steps to staying on track for your fitness goals during the workweek.

1. Schedule your workout

You schedule appointments, meetings and family events with your preferred calendar so why not schedule workout time? A good tip is to outline a weekly schedule and include a timeslot for exercise at the same time each day. Having this exercise reminder on your calendar will decrease the likelihood that you will skip the commitment you made.

After only a few weeks, it will feel like an unshakeable part of your daily routine.

2. Mind a consistent sleep schedule

If your fitness routine and goals are the towers you’re building, sleep is the deep foundation on which it sits. The difference between a good night of sleep and a bad night of sleep can be staggering for your performance over the next few days. You read that right - the next few days.

Although many think of sleep as a last resort when you’re too tired to continue staying awake, experts recommend that you schedule it the same way you do everything else throughout the week – just like your workouts.

Creating consistent sleep habits is beneficial and provides the energy and motivation you’ll need to meet and exceed your most ambitious fitness goals.

3. Get creative about opportunities for exercise

Even with a great night of sleep and scheduled workouts on the calendar, life happens. During these unusually busy days or weeks, separating exercise time from work or home life may not be easy or even seem possible.

When it comes to making the most of the absent time, you can find ways to squeeze in activity time by flexing your creativity muscles. For instance, at work you may find yourself having walking meetings, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or using a standing desk.

At home, you can find ways to get more activity by taking short walks around the block or parking farther away from the entrance to stores when shopping.

Simply adopting a mindset where you ask yourself if there is a more fitness-friendly way to do anything is a great way to find those little opportunities to get steps and activity in throughout your - otherwise – crowded days.

4. Level up your fitness by relying on those around you

Support, accountability and enjoyment are huge factors in the statistical likelihood of you sticking to your fitness routine and achieving your goals.

Making fitness a part of your work time is a great way to ensure that it’s never falling to the wayside. Beyond the simple steps we just went over, your coworkers and team members can provide a network of support and encouragement.

An example may be starting a weight-loss challenge or a step competition at work to encourage and motivate one another.

5. Remember to focus on exercise quality over quantity

A busy lifestyle leaves less time for exercise which is why it is important to focus on exercise quality instead of quantity and on intensity over duration.

Rather than time spent, your heart rate is the primary factor in how many calories a workout burns. This means that a shorter, less-intense workout can have a bigger impact than a longer one that doesn’t raise your heart rate as much.

Choose circuit training intervals and other high-intensity methods to optimize your workout and reduce the amount of time needed for your exercise routine. As always, consult your personal doctor before beginning any workout routine to make sure that the intensity level is a good fit for your level of health.

6. Have an alternate workout plan

Those who find success sticking with a fitness routine are often those who are best prepared for the unknowns. Having a backup plan for each part of your fitness routine is a great way to ensure that an unexpected event or scheduling error doesn’t throw off your fitness journey.

If your gym unexpectedly closes, for instance, having a playlist of at-home workout videos on YouTube and/or small exercise equipment handy is a great way to ensure you’re still getting that activity.

Fitness is about commitment, which can be easily derailed when plans change. Don’t let the unexpected get in the way of your progress.

Starting a fitness routine? Our wellness programs at Network Health provide goal-tracking, accountability and rewards for sticking to your goals. Learn more by reaching out to us today.

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