The last week or so has been pretty manic for me. That’s the trouble with running your own business one week it can be plain sailing and quiet and the next it can be craily busy – all good though. But the issue I have found in the last week has been fitting in the time to train and the motivation to when I am tired.
A couple of days ago I was literally in back to back meetings from 7am – 7pm and I was exhausted, and I know there is no way I would have been able to train. The next day however I had an easier day but the fall out from the day before meant I was really tired and reluctant to train.
So I have been thinking of some ideas that might be useful to both you and I when we are reluctant, tired or too busy to train. Please see them below and feel free to let me know if you have any other ideas or things that have worked for you 🙂
1. Short, sharp sweet hard session
So if you only have 15 mins to train you could do a hard sprints session, a hard session on the bike or a quick tough circuits session – not something that you could necessarily maintain for an hour but something that gets you moving, and hurting (in a good way!).
2. Hard abs session
If you have been following my blog for a while you might know that I am a P90x fan and one of the things Tony Horton does is a 15 minute Ab Ripper X session and trust me if you do it right it works but it also hurts – but another idea if you don’t have long.
3. Multi task
I often see people at the gym training as well as reading – although I am not convinced they are working very hard it could be a great way to work off the day by sitting on your bike/ walking on your treadmill at home or at the gym and catching on the days news or book a the same time – although trying to watch the news whilst running is not a good idea or reading a book but walking would be alright……you get the idea.
4.Timing is everything
Try getting up earlier or work out later when you have finished work. I have friends who sometimes are up at 3.30am to train and I have been known to train later at night to squeeze in a session. I guess it comes down to how much you want to really train. If you want to be fit then you will be able to easily make time, even if it does mean having to get up slightly earlier – it’s easy in the Queensland summer as it’s too hot to sleep in!
So here are a few ideas. If you have any others I’d love to hear them 🙂