Busy, Busy, Busy: How to Fit Fitness Into the Busiest Schedule

Let’s face it – we live in busy times. People are busier today it seems than ever before. And all these things that are keeping us busy, busy, busy are leading many of us to feel that we don’t have time for fitness. Well, I’m hear to tell you that you do have the time, and you must make the time because being healthy and fit needs to be your top priority!


Let me tell you a story to which I think many of you can relate. Several years ago I was working 12 hours a day in the military, week after week. Yet, I was also a personal trainer and had clients that I needed, and wanted, to help. In addition to all that, I still had friends, family, and a girlfriend I needed to keep up with everything. And as you know, building and keeping strong relationships requires putting in time.

Thing was, I was busy as busy can be, but I didn’t let it keep me from having fitness be a part of my life. And there are several reasons why, which may also work for you, too. These reasons include:

Mindset. Having the right mindset makes a world of difference. You have to think positively and focus on what it is that you want, rather than what it is that you don’t want or all the excuses that you can conjure up. Remain positive and remind yourself of what it is you want.

Forget perfection. If you wait around until the time is perfect in order to start working out and getting fit, it will likely never come. You can’t wait for things to get perfect to start taking care of your health. You need to do it now!

Auto-pilot. Just like you brush your teeth and always seem to have time for it, working out will become the same way. Once you get used to doing it, you will want to do it just like you do all the other daily auto-pilot things each day.

Focus. Don’t make fitness a bigger issue than it really is. Focus on the smaller things that you can do and that are still just as important. Focus on where you are and where you want to be, not any barriers you may come across along the way.

Nutrition. This is a big part of being healthy. It doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task. Just plan ahead, even make meals ahead of time, and make sure that the food you purchase and fix are complimentary to a healthy lifestyle, rather than detrimental.

Work out. Being fit requires working out regularly. Make it a part of your weekly routine, just as you will make meeting friends for lunch, getting your hair done, or any number of other things you schedule routinely. Make it happen!

Life is busy, that is true. But being healthy and fit will do more for adding years to your life than will most of the other things for which you are finding time. Even fitting in short 20 minute workouts will help you stay focused and will give you the benefits you need. Remember, it’s about a lifestyle and making progress, not perfection. By making progress you will be stronger and healthier, rather than the other way around!