Feel like you have to workout every single day in order to get the results you want? Guess what, you totally don’t have to. Ain’t nobody got time for the gym every single day when life is so busy. I’m gonna show you how.
Here’s the deal. I actually enjoy working out. Give me Zumba, indoor cycle, and yoga any day of the week, and I’m a happy camper. You know what doesn’t make me a happy camper though? Taking time out of my busy day to workout every single day. And it’s not just the time it takes to workout. It’s the drive there and back if you’re working out somewhere else besides home. Then it’s coming home and taking a shower and getting ready for the day. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but my 9:00 am Zumba class always seems to take up my whole morning. I leave at 8:40, and by the time I get out of there and get home, it’s 10:30. Then shower so I don’t kill anyone with my stench. Before I know it, it’s 11 am and I’m finally ready to start my day. And just a few hours later, it’s time to pick the kiddo up from school.
Boy oh boy, it sure does take a lot of time away from work, running errands, making healthy meals for myself and my family, and just life, doesn’t it?!
I mean, we all know that working out and getting our fitness on is a part of getting healthy and living our best life possible, but the expectations just seem like too much. It seems like all my buddies on Facebook and Instagram are hittin’ up the gym every single day, and I just can’t keep up.
Of course, that leads me to believe that I’m not doing enough. I’m not working hard enough. I’m failing at getting fit and healthy. It really just makes me feel guilty.
I’m sure as a busy woman, you totally get it, right? You struggle with balancing it all too, and that makes you feel like you’re not doing enough. You feel like, if so-and-so can make it happen and get to the gym every day, I should be able to also.
But my dear friend, what you aren’t seeing is how out of balance the rest of your friends’ lives may be. Maybe they don’t have as many responsibilities as you do. Maybe they don’t make a healthy dinner every night. Maybe they don’t spend quality time with their kiddos.
My point here is to tell you that it’s time to let go.
Let go of the daily workout.
Let go of the guilt.
Today, I’m going to tell you how you can still stay active and healthy by only working out a few days a week.
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Ok, so let’s get to the meat of this. If I’m not working out every single day, how am I continuing to maintain a healthy weight and stay healthy? We know we’re supposed to get in 20-30 minutes of moderate cardio to elevate our heart rate on a daily basis. But who says it has to be at the gym walking on a treadmill or lifting weights?
How to Stay Physically Fit Even If You Don’t Have Time for Daily Workouts
Incorporate it into your Daily Life
Check this out. This is the number one way I am able to workout just a few days a week and still stay healthy and fit. You don’t even have to put on workout clothes to incorporate movement into your daily life. Let me give you some examples:
- Park your car far away from the door so you have to walk farther
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Ride your bike to work or to run errands if the weather is pleasant
- Walk to close locations
- Have a cleaning party (more on that in a minute)
- Invest in a standing desk
- Get up and walk around every 30-45 minutes if you have a sedentary/desk job
I know these things don’t seem like a lot when you compare them to a heavy lifting sesh at the gym, but it all adds up, I promise.
Do Activities You Enjoy
Ok, let me paint a little picture here. If you saw me on the treadmill, you would see that I’m not putting much effort into it. If you saw me at Zumba class, you’d see that I’m totally killin’ it! The reason behind this is that I absolutely love Zumba, and the treadmill is my least favorite thing ever. Can you say YAWN FEST?!
So because I kill it at Zumba 3 times a week and generally sweat through all layers of my clothing each time, I don’t feel like I need to push myself quite as hard on the other days of the week.
What workouts do you enjoy doing? What activities do you do that you feel like you put your whole self into? Maybe it’s not even at the gym. Maybe it’s playing basketball. Maybe it’s playing a game of tag with your kids.
Do what you love and you will find that you put more of your self into it so you won’t have to exert yourself as much on “off” days.
Doesn’t Have to be a Set Schedule
I think a lot of people get caught up here. They say, “Ok, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I will do 30 minutes on the elliptical. And on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday I’ll work on strength training.” But then something happens. Something comes up. They oversleep. They don’t make it to the gym after work. Whatever the case may be. There are always going to be things that come up.
And don’t get me wrong. I’m all about having a plan. I know that my Zumba class runs 3 days a week. But sometimes the class gets cancelled for various reasons. Or sometimes I have a headache or a work deadline I’ve got to tend to. So I’ve learned to be flexible and roll with the punches. I’ve learned that if I don’t feel like doing Zumba one day, I can do something at home I’d rather do. Or I can workout later in the day when I’m feeling better.
If things don’t go as planned, it’s not the end of the world, and I’m able to shift gears and move onto something else.
Heck, sometimes I just crank up the music and move… which brings me to my next point.
Doesn’t Have to be a “Formal” Workout
When we think about working out, we think about the following:
- Change into workout clothes
- Find the playlist we want to listen to
- Drive to the gym
- Find the equipment we want to use
- Wait around until meathead gets off the equipment
- Wipe down equipment
- Get workout done
- Drive home, often through rush-hour traffic
Uhh… yeah, it sounds like too much work sometimes.
So I’m all about informal workouts. Here are my favorites:
- Living room dance parties (with yourself or your family)
- Cleaning party – girl, you gotta clean your house anyway. Might as well crank up the music and do it at a high-energy-pace.
- Go for a hike – I never think of hiking as a workout. It’s all about getting outside and enjoying nature.
- Take the family for a bike ride – again, this feels more like fun than work.
Getting healthy and fit doesn’t happen by spending hours and hours at the gym on a daily basis. It’s about making it a part of your lifestyle.
The keys to making sure your healthy habits stick are as follows:
- You enjoy yourself
- You don’t burn yourself out
- You listen to your body and do what it tells you to do
- You know that what you are able to do is always enough. You are always enough.
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