As a health coach, I often hear the same concerns from my clients, who want to start exercising but feel they don’t have enough time or don’t know where to start.
The truth is, exercise doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated to be effective. With a few simple steps, you can create an exercise routine that works for your busy schedule and helps you achieve your health and fitness goals.
First, set realistic goals. It’s important to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve with your exercise program. Do you want to improve your overall fitness, lose weight, or reduce stress? Once you’ve identified your goals, break them down into smaller, achievable steps. For example, if your goal is to improve your overall fitness, start by aiming to exercise for at least 20-30 minutes a day, three times a week.
Next, choose activities you enjoy. Exercise doesn’t have to be based in a gym and doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Find activities that you look forward to and that fit into your lifestyle. Walking, swimming, cycling, and yoga are all great options for getting started. If you’re short on time, consider high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves short bursts of intense exercise followed by periods of rest.
Make time for exercise. Schedule your workouts into your daily routine, just like you would any other appointment. If you’re short on time, try to fit in exercise whenever you can, such as during your lunch break or while you’re watching TV. Remember, even a short workout is better than no workout.
Finally, seek some support. Exercise is easier and more enjoyable when you have the support of others. Consider joining a fitness class or finding a workout friend. You can also work with a personal trainer or health coach who can provide guidance and support as you begin your exercise journey.
In summary, starting an exercise program doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By setting realistic goals, choosing activities you enjoy, making time for exercise, and seeking support, you can create an exercise routine that fits into your busy schedule and helps you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Remember, the most important thing is to start where you are and take small steps forward every day.
If you are new to exercise or have health issues or injuries, always seek the advice of your doctor before starting a new exercise plan, and ideally engage the support of a personal trainer or health coach to help devise a safe and effective program, based around your capabilities and goals.