I am not the five hour gym rat. I want to get in, and get out. That is how I keep my motivation to go to the gym at all. If I felt like I had to stay there for even two hours, I would find a reason to not go. With busy lives, it’s easier to carve out 30 minutes to 60 minutes than anything else. I thought this article from FitSugar was a great one — with good tips. It also served as a nice reminder from a Fitness website that you DON’T have to be in the gym or studio for an hour to still get in a good work out that will do your body good.
A few tips from my own personal file:
Make sure your workout is convenient: Sure there is that amazing gym across town — but how often will you really go? If you have to go out of your way to work out, you probably will chose the path of least resistance and less gym time. I recently switched gyms to one that is closer to my fiance’s farm and has branches that can work with my life in the City. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than the gym that had not seen my face since I stopped teaching there. It’s a perfectly lovely facility, but it’s no where near where my life is — UNLESS I try to swing in on my way back home from VT — and even then it’s inconvenient and I’m usually exhausted from the full work+class day. So find a facility (gym, low-cost gym, studio, whatever) that is close to your work or home, and you may go more often and find it more convenient to your life.
Keep Your Stuff Close, and Your Plan to Fat Burn Closer: I have found that if I leave clothes in my car, then I may make that impromptu trip to the gym. Its also helpful for teaching emergencies (I have so slid on a brand new pair of pants with a hole in them…trust me). I use two Thirty One products that help me stay organized in my cargo space. First is the Large Utility Tote. I keep this in my car, and it holds my Yoga Mat, my Hot Yoga Mat towel, and various other items. I also put the Thirty One Organizing Utility Tote in the Large Utility Tote. This small power bag holds all of my items for a trip to the gym or studio as a member, and for a trip to the studio to teach a fitness class. I love the small pockets — I organize using those pockets so that I (1) don’t forget anything and (2) know exactly where my brush is, or my Chapstick. [I am not a consultant, nor am I getting any free swag for this — though I will totally accept some free swag…]
iCal/Google Calendar Lilly Pulitzer Agenda your Workouts: I’ve been failing on this one myself — namely because my schedule is tight as it is, and because again in all honest — sometimes I like just sitting in my house and petting my dog. However, when I was in the full-time working world prior to school (and during the summer) I found that if I scheduled workouts outside of my fitness instructor obligations, that I would plan for them and 8 times out of 10 — keep the date with the treadmill or with another instructors class (also again see #1 — I worked across the street from a friends class this summer, so when I got off work early enough I just walked across the street and went to class. Worked out great– now only if that employer would hire me…)
Do you have any tips or personal shortcuts to fit in a quick effective workout when you can?