Physical activity is often celebrated as the solution to all of life’s problems. The number one problem? TIME. We never have enough time! If you’re a student, you have papers and exams due. If you’re in the workforce, you have deadlines to meet and may be working overtime. Whatever your current situation, time is hard to come by.
Now, there’s no easy way to say this. In fact, I’m better off laying it out plainly: You’re either going to have to find time or make time. It won’t be easy, but it can be done.
In my experience, there are two kinds of situations you could be in. The first situation is the more ideal situation. It’s when you have time but you just haven’t realized it yet. In this case, you’ll need to find time. The second situation is far less ideal. This is when your days are so fully booked, you’ll have to reduce another activity to exercise. In this case, you’ll need to make time.
Finding vs. Making Time
Regardless of which situation you’re in, you will first have to conduct a time audit. Before you can set aside time for exercise, you’ll first have to know how you’re currently spending your time. Depending on if your days are pretty similar or if your days are unpredictable and change constantly, you can do a time audit for a day or a whole week. What you want to do is note all the activities you do in a given day and how much time you spend on each of those activities.
Scheduling Your Exercise
Once you’ve conducted your time audit, you’ll know which situation you fall into. If you fall into the 1st situation, aka finding time, then congrats! Go ahead and schedule some workout time in that newfound free space! If you fall into the 2nd situation, aka making time, then congrats! You’ve now identified where all your time is spent. Chances are that you picked up on some things you spend more time on than you realized. At this point, you can review your activities and decide what you’d like to spend more or less time on. Once you free up some time in the week, you’re ready to schedule some exercise time!