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!