Not having the time to exercise is the best reason not to do it, but don’t let yourself believe that if you don’t have lots of time on your hands then you can’t work out, get fit and feel fabulous. You can. Don’t underestimate the difference you can make to your fitness with small changes to everyday activities and don’t think you need to find 90 minutes to get yourself to a gym to work out. There are ways and means and Ace have some great tips.
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If you are really short on time but dedicated to the cause, get up half an hour earlier than usual and bang out a 20-minute home HIIT session. There are loads of quick workouts online, check out our You Tube channel for some ideas with no equipment necessary: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXS0FqhEiLrYfCPA4uIa0cw. A half hour HIIT burst in the morning will not only leave you feeling wonderfully energised and virtuous, but also earns you a particularly delicious breakfast!
Schedule your weekly exercise sessions into your diary, just like you would your kids’ swimming lessons or any other weekly commitment. Shift away from the mind-set that exercise is a flexible entry in your diary. It isn’t. It isn’t selfish to take that time for yourself. It’s crucial to how you function and feel.
Re-enforce your planning by making sure your sports bra is clean and your pre and post workout food is locked down. Once you’ve made those plans you’ll be less willing to slack off a class!
Get the family involved – if you can’t get a workout in, put some music on and have a dance with your kids. They will love it and it’s very easy to build up quite a sweat. Add some star jumps, squats and some quick grapevines and get your groove on!
If it’s a nice day do running races outside with your kids, or kick a ball about – take any opportunity you can to get your heart rate going, even in family time.
ENJOY your exercise. If you find exercising a chore, then find something you like doing and apply the HIIT principle! Dancing, swimming, netball whatever, just try and really get your heart rate up in short sharp bursts. Team sports are a great way to make sure you commit to a workout and if you get the buzz from doing it, you’ll make the time!!
Try and increase your activity in every day actions. Use a staircase instead of a lift, walk to do local errands rather than drive, do some core strength actions while you’re watching TV… Small changes, big improvements!
Ace offers a weekly range of classes, which we have designed to be as convenient and accessible as possible for very busy people!