How to outsmart the roadblocks to exercise
Hands up if this is currently you:
1) Your social calendar is rammed full and has left you with no spare time at all
2) You are working insanely long hours at work
3) You have just had a baby and are exhausted
Whatever your distraction these simple strategies can help you to get back on track and fitting in time to workout in no time.
Right lets dive in….
Situation 1 – You are working insanely long hours.
What To Do – Plan your workouts for the early morning prior to going to work (genius huh!).
Not only will this start your day feeling fantastic, it will also boost your productivity throughout the day.
Not a morning person? I get that, neither am I.
If you fancy an after-work workout a great idea is to get changed into your gym gear at work. This way you are less likely to back out and go home.
Situation 2 – You have just had a baby
It truly is a magical time and on a personal note one that has changed my life forever
[CUE CUTE SON PIC…..
I know, super cute – certainly doesn’t take after dad!!
It is however not an easy time to start back with ‘full-on’ workouts. 6 weeks postpartum is highly recommended.
Dropping the baby weight can become a high priority and realistically (and from my own personal experience) the best way to get a blast of exercise is to go for a brisk buggy walk, throwing in some buggy squats and lunges.
This is going to help you feel great both physically and mentally!
I would always look to take it fairly easy though for the first 8 or so months, having a child is workout in itself so don’t beat yourself up if you are too tired.
Situation 3 – Your social calendar is rammed full and has left you with no spare time at all
What to do – Ok so this time of year there, getting through Christmas and the holidays there is definately going to be more eating, drinking, partying and very little exercise.
This is naturally going to lead you overwhelmed by the idea of having undo the damage.
The obvious thing to do is to get back to the gym as soon as new year comes and work twice as hard, doubling your sessions…
BAD IDEA – this will lead to burnout in a very short time, making you feel even worse
The best way to get back into fitness is start small with manageable HIIT training or strength sessions.
Remember that it’s easy to drop 2lbs now than wait until you need to lose 10. You don’t need to give up all your indulgences immediately – think 80/20 (I wrote a blog about this click here)