Here's how you fit a workout into an already jam-packed week

Time. I wish I had more of it. My guess is you do too. But we’re not going to get. So, we have to make do with the 24 hours we’re given.

For those of you looking to get healthy, that’s not great news. It often feels like there just isn’t enough time to fit in workouts, healthy meals, and meditations. You’ve got work. You’ve got family obligations. And you’ve got a social life (or at least you’re trying to).

I get it. It seems damn near impossible to live healthy within the hours we’re given. But the thing is… you can. Yea, I said it. And I said it because I do it and yours truly has no more willpower than the average individual. So, how do I do? It’s simple. I prioritize my health. Stop rolling your eyes. It really is that simple. I no longer let a morning meeting, after hour work events, and social obligations interfere with my health. That doesn’t mean I miss work meetings or family functions, it just means that my first meeting doesn’t start any earlier 9:00 and that I turn down or leave social and family functions early if I’ve got a workout on the docket that night or next morning. And I’m unapologetic about it.

Don’t me wrong, it took years for me to be this bold about my health but, looking back, I didn’t have to wait as long as I did. The truth is, most people are totally on board with you taking care of yourself – especially your employer. After all, you being healthy is saving them money and they know that. I get that it can still feel silly or scary to tell someone you need to reschedule because you’ve got to go to spin class, but you have to own your health if you’re going to progress it. If you’re with me on this, here are some baby steps you can take to prioritize your health and wellness.

  • Schedule health activities to your calendar. Planning always helps, especially bit you’re a tiny bit Type A (you know, like you). So, look at your week and add your workout, prep day, and yoga class to your Outlook or Google calendar and treat them like any other event you’ve schedule, alert reminder and all.
  • Push back a morning meeting or reschedule or even skip a social event. If you prefer to workout in the morning, move your 8:00 back to 9:00am to accommodate your trip to the gym. If you like working out at night but you have a work happy hour, leave the event early or skip it all together. If someone pushes back, tell them you need to start prioritizing your health and see what happens. If they give you flack, leave anyways. That person does not have your best interest in mind.
  • Remember its self-care, not selfish. Taking care of yourself is NOT selfish. We are brainwashed into thinking taking care of ourselves makes us selfish. It doesn’t. Taking care of you ensures that you can show up for work, for family, for friends. So anytime you want to bail because of work of family obligations, remember you’re going to the gym to be better at work and at home.