Maintaining a fitness schedule while working

On Monday, I start my very first “real-life” full-time job (yikes!) and besides the nervous first day jitters, all I can think about is how am I going to maintain my workout schedule while working 40 hours a week? I know this is not an impossible task by any means but it definitely will mean more determination, planning and a little extra will power to fight with that voice inside my head that’ll be saying “you’re tired.”

However, according to a great little article on one of my fav fitness blogs, the Greatist, planning ahead and literally marking gym time on your calendar is proven to help you stick to your fitness program. It said that marking gym time into your calendar like you would a meeting or a friend’s birthday will make your fitness time as important as these other cannot-miss appointments. So that’s what I did. I marked my gym time into my weekly calendar so I can’t make any excuse to skip. It also will hold me accountable for sticking to my plan.

The Greatist article also gives some other tips on how to stay true to your fitness program, some of which are extremely important to keep in mind.

  • Break it up- Working full-time and trying to maintain your health can be challenging sometimes. However, by breaking up your gym time, you might be able to fit in more exercise in your day. For example, if your goal for the day is to run 5 miles, try doing a short 2 mile run in the morning and a 3 mile run when you get home from work.
  • Be realistic- Don’t kill yourself trying to fit everything into your day. Despite my earlier post about morning workouts, if you’re not a morning person the habit won’t stick. Find the best time to fit in your exercise whether that be in the morning, during your lunch hour or after you get home from work. Picking a realistic time will help you to stick to the routine.
  • Add variety- Everyone gets sick of doing the same workout routine over and over and over again. Try switching it up. Swap a run for a cardio exercise class, or trade in lifting for crossfit. It’s a good idea to change your workout routine every now and then to avoid having your muscles get too used to the same routine.
  • Stay flexible- Sometimes, no matter how good you planned out your fitness schedule for the week, unanticipated events can pop up and set your plans awry. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t make it to the gym or squeeze in a run when you planned to. It’s life and things happen. Try making up for it the next day with some extra gym time. It could help you de-stress!
  • Have fun!

Why you should start running

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As I’ve said before, I was never really a runner, but every day that passes while I continue my running routine I am started to love it more and more. I’ve started to look forward to running each day and miss it on my days off. Here are some of the top reasons you should start this amazing confidence-boosting, calorie-burning, envigorating exercise.

  • You can run anywhere and everywhere because there is no equipment necessary.
  • No gym necessary so you can save some cash.
  • The running community is open and inviting so it’s a great opportunity to meet new people.
  • You might live longer because runners have fewer disabilities, remain active longer than their less active counterparts.
  • Although I don’t think people should exercise with the sole focus of burning calories, they should exercise to become fit and healthy, running is one of the top calorie-burning exercises.
  • Running helps to boost your metabolism after you’ve finished.
  • You can change up the scenery of your fitness routine- indoors, outdoors, on a treadmill, on a trail, on the beach, wherever!
  • It’s a mood booster.
  • Running solo can help you to focus on your life and maybe even have a moment of self discovery.
  • It reduces stress, fights depression and anxiety, and can even boost your creativity.
  • Running can even invigorate your sex life!
  • Most importantly, running can give you goals to work towards.

There are so many other benefits of running but besides all of the natural health benefits I see running as your “you” time. It’s a time for you to clear your head and do something healthy for yourself. I find that running is a great time to do some thinking, brainstorming or reflection about my day and what’s going on in my life. Also, for me running started out as a goal and as I continue to reach the goals I set each week my goals keep getting bigger.