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5 Foolproof Ways to Squeeze in a Workout

Most of us often feel that there aren’t enough hours in a day. Work, traffic, errands, daily responsibilities, and a social life often fill up our week and leave barely any time for anything else—like working out. However, if we want to stay healthy enough to accomplish and enjoy everything else in life, exercise is very important. According to the American Heart Association, adults require a certain amount of exercise per week (150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity like brisk walking or at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week) to improve aerobic health and strengthen muscles, and that means that you need to get moving regularly if you want your heart to stay healthy. Think you just don’t have enough time to squeeze in a workout? Read our tips and reconsider these solutions to the most common excuses in the book.

Excuse:

I have time but I don’t have my stuff with me.

Problem Solved:

Keep a gym bag in your car or at work. Keep a bag of spare workout clothes at all times. All you need is a spare pair of shoes (an older and more worn-out pair of workout shoes will do the trick), a small towel, a tshirt, shorts or leggings, and, for women, a sports bra. Unexpected traffic? Wait it out and go for a run or walk. A co-worker inviting you to join them at an impromptu sweat sesh? No problem!

Excuse:

I’m not motivated.

Problem Solved:

Pay for a membership yourself. Enroll in a gym or studio membership in advance (most require advanced payment anyway), so that you’ll be obliged to go get your money’s worth. The last thing you’d want is to throw away your hard-earned money on a membership you don’t use.

Excuse:

Seriously, I really don’t have time.

Problem Solved:

Take the stairs or walk it. There’s always the stairs. If you really don’t have time for getting to the gym or going for a walk, trade in an elevator ride for the stairs a few times a week. We don’t mean climbing 25 flights of stairs to your office—if you’re working in a high rise, get off the elevator a few floors down and walk up the rest of the way. If you work in a low building, park your car a few blocks further away so that you’ll be forced to walk a longer distance.

Excuse:

I’m too stressed to workout.

Problem Solved:

Clear your head with a workout. Working out will actually help you clear your head and relieve stress. Exercise releases endorphins, which are known as the happy hormones, and taking a break from your to-do list and paperwork will actually do good for your productivity and output.

Excuse:

I don’t have a gym membership.

Problem Solved:

Use technology. Check out our favorite fitness apps for newbies here 7 Must-Have Fitness Apps. Thanks to technology, you don’t even need a gym to work out.

Trisha Bautista is a freelance writer, food and product stylist, social media manager, and violin teacher. She was formerly editorial assistant and social media editor for Women’s Health Philippines, and the assistant lifestyle editor and social media editor for Cosmopolitan Philippines. She enjoys discovering easy recipe hacks, working out by herself and trying out DIY workout programs, traveling outdoors, and enjoying wine and whiskey.

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