Written by a contributing writer
If you ask someone why they don’t go to the gym, you’ll get a range of answers. Some will say it’s because they don’t like the prices; others will shrug off the idea they should be exercising at all. Overwhelmingly, however, you will find the following line trotted out as a reason for why they don’t go: “I just don’t have the time!”
In the modern, busy, relentless world, that’s probably not an excuse - it’s a reality. This is especially true if you’re a mom, constantly running from one playdate to the next while trying to juggle your work life and everything else that needs to happen for life to function as normal. Can you find time in the middle of all that just to work out? Probably not.
Yet somehow, people do manage it, eschewing at home fitness ideas in preference for the ritualistic trip to the gym. If you’re struggling to balance the books in terms of time, it might help you to learn just how they manage it…
They… Pick The Right Gym
What are your kids going to be doing while you’re at the gym? Well, if you pick the right establishment, then they could be having the time of their lives. It’s becoming more standard now for gyms to have on-site child care facilities, meaning you can leave your kids to their fun while you go and work up a sweat. Older children might even be tempted to come with you into your workout, especially if you’re going to be swimming. There doesn’t have to be a straight choice between ensuring your kids are taken care of and getting your workout in - you just need the right place, that lets you do both!
They… Make Use Of The Whole Clock
We know that a day is technically 24 hours, but we tend to be consumed with other things for much of it. Eight hours for work, one hour for travel, seven hours for sleep (if it’s a good night…) - so where can you fit the gym into that?
Many people have found the answer by using the likes of 24hrlocator.com to find a gym that’s open at all times. That way, if you have a restless night, wake up early, or just like the idea of going for your workout when the gym will be quieter, you have got the option for unusual opening hours. Make the most of the entire clock to fit everything you need to do in - it’s almost too simple when you think about it, isn’t it?
They… Keep Workouts Short
Science is proving that there’s no need to go and slog it out for hours on end during your workout. Short, sharp, tough exercises done for a shorter amount of time are just as beneficial to health and fitness as longer options, as confirmed by washingtonpost.com.
By cutting down the amount of time you actually spend exercising, you’ll find a lot more flex in your day planner. To make sure you’re doing everything you should be in your shortened routine, it’s worth a session with a gym instructor for a few pointers. With those established, you can stick to short bursts of activity that nevertheless keep you fit - and allow you to keep the rest of your life running as well.
*This post is not meant to give medical advice. Please consult a health/medical professional before changing your fitness routine.