“You have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce”
Hands up, who’s sacked off a workout because a) you’re staying late at work to finish a deadline, b) you’re too tired, and c) you’re just lacking that kick up the bum and all motivation appears to have evaporated.
Work, in particular, can really get in the way of working out. The more challenging (and exciting) a job gets, the more we struggle to find time to work out. And when work becomes harder, we can’t afford not to exercise as it releases endorphins which helps to reduce stress.
I used to hit the gym after work and by the time I had worked out, sat on a tube back to North London, washed and cooked dinner and actually sat down to eat it was often around 9pm. These days I’m squeezing my sessions into my lunch hour (or if I’m planning a longer workout I try my best to squeeze it in before work).
Here are my top three tips for squeezing in a workout into a busy schedule…
The night before take a moment to pack a lunch as it means you can avoid waiting in line at Pret later. You’ll not only save time, but you’ll also save money. Plus you can guarantee that you’ll have a healthy lunch after your workout.
Work out your workout
The key is to know exactly what you’re going to do the moment you hit the gym – don’t waste time trying to come up with something there and then. Interval or HIIT training are the perfect 30 minute exercise. There’s loads of research out there with show you can achieve much more progress is 15 minutes of HIIT training (done three times a week) than jogging on the treadmill for an hour.
Streamline your shower
Cut down on the amount of products you use to get office-ready. Have a speedy shower and freshen your hair with dry shampoo. Use makeup that doubles up, think tinted moisturiser, perfect for hydration and coverage. This will save you so much time, meaning you’ll be able to do that little bit more at the gym.