Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be talking about how to fit exercise when it just doesn’t seem like you have any time. If you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

As a mom of a couple of wonderful kiddos and a business owner and a wife and everything else in the world, it feels like sometimes exercise can be hard to fit in, and that’s coming from somebody who teaches people to exercise all the time.

So rather than let it go and be a hypocrite on what I’m teaching people, I had to find a way to make it work. Right? This is especially true whenever I had littles, when they were babies and constantly needed me, but now, even with all the events and things going on, my bigger kids, it’s hard to fit it in sometimes, to take time for me.

So I wanted to go over three different ways that you could fit exercise in and make sure that it works for you, so the first way is to keep it short. We have been lead to believe over all these years that exercise as to be long and arduous. It has to be an hour in the gym or two hours in the gym and it doesn’t. There is so much we can do in a short amount of time and if you really know what you’re doing, you can make a very efficient workout in 20 minutes or less. A lot of times we can workouts in 15-20 minutes and be just fine.

So imagine if you had a workout that was being efficient and helping you to see results within 15 minutes a day. I mean, that would be awesome, right?

It’s actually doable and research shows us that it’s preferred over an hour long workout if your goal is maintenance or weight loss or general muscle tone.

Now, if you’re working towards a more specific goal, then yeah, you might have to add a little time, but we’re just talking about making sure that we get exercise in.

So if we’re getting it in, we wanna keep it short. We wanna make sure that we’ve got everything that we need, that we keep in minimal on equipment and those kinds of things.

So that’s number two, keeping it simple. Don’t do crazy. You don’t have to have a gym membership. You don’t have to have tons of equipment or anything like that. What you can do is use your body. You can use bands. You can use some light dumbbells. Whatever, you happen to have.

I love bands because they’re so easy to travel with and it gives me a little bit more than my body weight but I’m able to be very creative with them, so every time I go to the hotel room, I’ll hook up my bands and do either a strength workout, a cardio workout, or even a Pilates workout sometimes with them.

So some great things to have on hand, but remember to keep it simple. Equipment simple, but also exercise simple.

We get on Pinterest and start looking around at all these cool exercises and things that people are doing and it gets out of control, right?

So we need to dial it back. We need to go back to foundations. A squat is okay, a lunge is okay, a pushup is okay. There’s millions of exercises but we don’t have to get fancy with all of them. You don’t have to do things that your brain’s like I don’t understand how to move my body that.

Instead, do things that make sense, that are simple enough for you to do so that you’re likely to do them. So just because something’s fun, does not mean that you’re likely to do it. You’ve gotta make sure it’s something that works in your life, in your mind, in your situation, that it’s gonna work for you.

Number three is something that usually I warn people against and it’s multitasking. So research shows us that multitasking is actually not that great for you but hear me out on this. We want to multitask what body parts we’re using in this workout.

So if we’re gonna keep it short, we’re gonna keep it simple, then we’ve got to do more than one exercise at once, which means maybe a squat to an arm curl to a shoulder press. Or perhaps a pushup into a dumbbell row, right.

So we get in multiple exercises for multiple body parts. Then we don’t have to have a many exercises, right? So instead of having 12, maybe we cut it down to six and we’ve got what we need.

So multitasking for body parts is a big part. Multitasking in time slots is also another big one. Now, I’m not talking about trying to get your office work down while you’re working out. Obviously, research has proven that that’s a really bad idea.

But if you’re at a child’s event, say you’re at a sporting event. You’ve got bleachers there. Go run the bleachers or go underneath the bleachers and do your workout. Or go back in the parking lot do your workout.

I had teacher one time who had use of a classroom during basketball, volleyball games so she’d go in the classroom and do that.

Find a place where you’re at, where you know you’re gonna be there for a few hours, and get in a small workout. If it’s 10 minutes, great. That’s more than what you got in. Even if its’ going and walking the perimeter of the place that you’re at.

So just finding opportunity sometimes is the hard part, making sure that you’re willing to find that opportunity, can be a challenge, right? Because sometimes we’re just so focused on what we’re doing that you think, okay, I’m here, and this is outside of the box of workout, and this is what I’m gonna do for the next three hours.

That’s great, except you missed your workout, because we all know by the time those events are done, it’s 10:00 or 11:00 at night, maybe sometimes later, and there’s no leftover energy for that.

So your call on whether you workout morning or night, but find 15-20 minutes to fit it in.

If you’d like some help creating a program like that, that you could get done, in out and on your way, and actually see some success from it, I’d be happy to talk with you.

So, if you are wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. We work with our clients not just on fitness, but also nutrition. What we do is we will ensure that you are supported throughout every aspect of your health and wellness journey, and that includes making those eating changes. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.