Are you one of those people that is always trying to find time to exercise?
When you lead a busy life, it can be really difficult to stick to a workout regime. You can work out everyday for a month, but then miss one session and go back to square one.
We all know how important regular exercise is for our physical and mental health, so it can be really frustrating when you can’t find the time.
In the first part of this article, we’re going to be looking at sticking to a workout regime. Then, we’re going to talk about building your own gym, so you don’t even have to leave the house!
How To Make Time
Decide How Much Exercise You Need
If you try and go to the gym for an hour every day, you could be trying to do too much. The recommended amount of exercise for a week is 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. If you are trying to lose weight, you might need more than this – but be realistic.
Fit It In Your Daily Routine
One of the best ways to fit regular exercise in is to find time in your daily routine.
Here’s a few ways to do this –
- Get up an hour earlier and fit a gym session in 3-4 times a week.
- Find a gym on your way to work, so you can easily fit in a session before or after.
- Go for a run on your lunch break.
- Turn your commute into exercise by cycling or running.
- Have a quick workout routine you can do at home if you miss a session.
You have to be disciplined to change your daily routine. Remember it’s far easier to break a habit than it is to form one.
Find A Gym With Child Care
When you’ve got young children you don’t have much free time. Fortunately, a lot of gyms now have childcare facilities where you can confidently leave them for an hour whilst you do your workout.
Alternatively, you could take up a sport with your kids. This will help you fit your exercise, and it’s a positive activity to do with your children.
If you are pressed for time, it’s really important to not waste your workout. Choose a form of exercise that doesn’t require much preparation. You also need to choose a routine that accomplishes a lot in a short period of time such as high-intensity interval training.
Make It A Competition
A great way of keeping to an exercise routine is by making it a competition. Create targets for yourself every week and track them using your smartphone or smartwatch.
How To Build Your Own Mini-Gym
If you are still struggling to fit exercise in your daily routine, why not build your own home gym?
A home gym doesn’t have to cost you thousands. You can pick up high-quality second hand equipment online. Just make sure you do your research and check out the equipment before you buy it. On benches and other structural equipment, check the screws and give it a good shake to make sure it’s sturdy. Try and buy nearly new if you can.
Your budget really depends on the quality and amount of equipment you want. We think you can build a really functional home-gym for under £1000.
Dumbbells – There are so many different ways to use dumbbells -they’re one of the most versatile pieces of gym equipment. Buy a high-quality set of rubber-coated, hexagonal shaped dumbbells, they don’t roll away when you put them down and will last forever.
Pull-Up Bar – The great thing about the pull-up bar is how little space it takes up. You can fit it to your door frame and no floor space is used. Pair one with a hefty weighted vest and you’ll be building a solid back in no time. You should be able to pick up a good one for around £30.
Sit-Up Bench – Everyone wants great abs, and the sit-up bench is the perfect piece of equipment to get them. There are loads of different exercises available for them and they are much more affordable than a full exercise bench. Don’t think they are just for your abs though. Sit-up benches are really versatile and are perfect for improving your core strength.
Exercise Mats – Get some high-quality exercise mats that can link together. This means you can use your floor space effectively to do some exercises that don’t require equipment.
Skipping Rope – We don’t think you need expensive cardio equipment to get the most out of your gym. A good, old-fashioned skipping rope can give you all the cardio workout you need.