If you’re a professional person, it’s probably hard to fit workouts into your schedule. Even professional athletes like MMA fighters sometimes have schedules too busy with press and travel to spend as much time working out as they want. Whatever your job and whatever your schedule, here are a few ways to make time for exercise.
Planning is key. This is going to take many forms, but probably the first step it to look at your schedule and see where there are gaps that you could fit a workout into. Consider what’s going on around those potential workout gaps when you’re making your plan. Will you have just eaten a huge meal that slows you down or some healthier oatmeal carbs that keep you going? Will you have time to take a shower and clean up before that big meeting afterwards? These are the kinds of things you need to prepare for in advance.
If you can’t find time, then you might have to make time. There are a lot of ways to do this. Turn normal activities like going to the store into a workout by jogging there. If you can weight your day so that your most important evens all happen either in the morning or the afternoon, that can make it easier to carve out some time for exercise. You can also make more time and opportunity to exercise by making sure that you always have access to the space and equipment you need.
One way to ensure that you always have access to the space and equipment you need is by joining a gym. This is often a cheaper or more efficient arrangement, but you still have to throw everything in a canvas tote bag and actually get to the gym. Having a small space set aside for exercise for yourself can buy you more time to exercise by eliminating the need to commute to the gym. There are downsides, of course; it’s a lot harder to build a community of support when you’re on your own.
In addition to making preparations, opportunity and space to exercise, one can get a lot more done if you prioritize. What really matters? What needs to be done now and what can be done after your morning workout? Knowing what really matters and what can’t wait is a great way to really focus yourself and get things done. You can also prioritize within your workout by focusing on what areas you really want to work on.
Prioritizing is the first step towards maximizing. There are lots of little things you can do to make sure you get the most out of your workout. If you’re a fighter, you’ll want to maximize your strength and speed but don’t neglect your core strength either. Remember, you might want to talk to an expert about what regimen will help you best meet your goals. You don’t want to overextend yourself and end up benched by an injury. That isn’t maximizing anything, that’s just setting yourself even further behind schedule.
An expert like a trainer can also help hold you accountable to your goals. You can set your own schedule and keep to it, if you’re incredibly well disciplined, but most people just aren’t that disciplined. There are a couple of ways to get past this accountability issue. First of all, writing down your intentions in the form of a schedule is a good way to hold yourself accountable. Having a trainer, as previously mentioned, is also a great way to make sure you meet your goals. You can also achieve a similar effect by having a community of friends and family to help keep you on track.
It’s well worth it to make time for a workout. It will help your body and help keep your mind active and focused. It’s especially important for professional or semi-professional athletes to make time, but everyone can benefit from a little more exercise time.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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