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I am aware that getting active and looking after your health and fitness is on pretty much everyone’s goals for January. I can see why because, we all want to go into that new year starting from the beginning. There is no pressure, the slate has been wiped clean and you are starting from the bottom.
I am what most people like to say “a rare breed” because being active and being fit is something I am passionate about. I honestly enjoy it with all my heart. I love sports, I love working out and more recently in the past few years I love running.
Related: 5 tips for beginning running, 5 tips to improve your running
However, I like everyone else struggle sometimes with working full time, trying to have somewhat of a social life and scheduling in that self-care when needed. But me being me I try to fit in a workout or run whenever I have a spare minute.
Therefore, in today’s post I wanted to share with you….
12 HEALTH AND FITNESS TIPS FOR BUSY PEOPLE!
Create a list
I pretty much mention writing a list in the majority of my posts and including for my blog in my blog planner (af link), but I honestly believe they help a lot. They are great for setting those goals, and for helping you clearly see what you want to achieve and even when you want to achieve them.
When you create a list for your health and fitness you want to include it in a list of all the things you would love to do in your spare time. By doing this you are including it in the other things you enjoy. For example, watching TV, reading, going for a run etc. You then want to list these in terms of priority, starting at number one all the way down to the bottom. This will then give you a list of all the activities you value, and then everyday you should aim to try and complete at least three of the things on your list even if it’s only 15-20 minutes.
Prepare in advance
I cannot stress enough how much time it saves me when I prepare my meals in advance, or even when I get my outfit ready for the next day (in terms of running gear/workout clothes). You will find with a little bit of research that a lot of recipes and food out there are perfect for prepping in advance, or even batch cooking so that all you have to do is defrost and shove in an oven/microwave etc.
Now I am no chef and I am just like anyone else in winging it when it comes to cooking. However, if you go onto Google or even look at food blogs (check out Lynn as she shares some amazing recipes) there are a lot of resources out there for quick and easy recipes!
Less can be more
For a lot of people going into exercising for the first time they have in their mind-set that you should be working out for at least an hour to reap any results. THIS IS NOT TRUE. You could do a 15 minute HIIT and that is just as effective (sometimes even more depending on the exercise) as an hour long session.
Once you realise that less is more then you are on the game in terms of your health and fitness. You could even do smaller workouts but more times a week if that suits your busy schedule.
It can be hard when you are working full time, things are getting on top of you and you are feeling the stress levels at 100%. This has a negative impact on your health and your well-being. One of the best ways to look after yourself and your health is to learn how to relax.
Find some time to fit in some meditation, do a face mask, read a book, have a bath and just relax your mind and body. You could even just wrap up in bed and put on a funny movie, or funny youtube videos because some studies have suggested that even the anticipation of laughter can reduce our stress levels.
Introduce a more active lifestyle
By this I mean making some active swaps in your life. For example, when the very first lockdown happened in the UK I stopped using public transport and decided to walk to work. Therefore, this changed my normal 5 minute route to a 35 minute walk. Of course I made this decision based off a pandemic but also I found that it would be better for me to fit in some exercise around my long hour working schedule.
You could also choose to walk home with shopping (if it is a small shop of course), do some family/couple gardening, going for a run/walk instead of meeting up for food etc. These are all positive and healthy habits for that health and fitness lifestyle.
Workout with others
This could be with the people you live with, your kids, or even friends or other family members. I believe if you are struggling to find time for keeping up your fitness in your busy life then by adding someone else into the mix might give you that kick up the butt you need. As long as you are looking after your health and fitness it doesn’t matter how you do it (well maybe within reason)
It could be during a lunch break or before/after work to just get that body moving. Sometimes starting out a health and fitness lifestyle is much easier with someone by your side. Plus someone else will be able to see things from a different perspective and where you think you don’t have time to do something, well someone else might see differently.
I always put my runs and my workouts into my planner. This way I can see what days I want to run, what days I want to do a workout and when I will give myself rest days. By doing this it helps me stay on target with what needs to be done, plus I love ticking everything off my lists.
Also by scheduling your workout/runs you are actively making time and making them a priority in your life, which means you are more likely to get it done. For example, I put into my planner to run on Tuesday’s, Friday’s and Sunday’s at the moment, and I then choose to workout Monday-Friday. This way I can clearly see what day’s I need to do what and I am giving myself rest days too.
This is great at tracking your health and fitness in a healthy way too!
Get up earlier
With the majority of us working from home at the moment this is the perfect time to wake up that little bit earlier and get your workout/run done before you begin working. You don’t have to commute so that gives you that extra time to jump straight into your health and fitness routine. But also by waking up earlier you are making the most of your day and beginning a healthy routine.
I honestly feel my health and fitness routine has benefited a lot since I have begun working from home more.
Related : How to implement an effective morning routine
Change your mind-set
You should be thinking of that workout or run as something “fun”. It should be something that you want to do, rather than it being something you “have to do”. This in turn ensures that you are consistent and you show up, because you actually enjoy it.
Therefore, if you change that mind-set you will find yourself enjoying the exercise much more and this will also help to keep you motivated to continue. Looking after your health and fitness should be something that makes you happy and feel good, so always focus on that.
Fit around your routine
By this I mean if you are watching a TV show or sitting down for a short break could you do something within that timeframe? For example, during that TV show you could do some yoga or do a workout etc. That way you are watching something you enjoy which might take away from the fact you are doing a workout.
What I am saying is if you have time to watch a 30 minute programme/show you have time to also fit in that workout. It is always about prioritising your health and fitness, and just fitting it into your schedule.
Stand instead of sitting
If you are working from home, or working at a desk all day then you know that your poor body just should not be sitting down for that long. Instead you could stand up whilst working for 1 hour and then sit down for 1 hour and then back standing again etc. Or you could simply just make sure every hour you get up and walk around for 5 minutes just to get moving.
This not only helps to improve your posture but will make sure you are moving your body frequently as well especially when you are sitting down for long hours with your job. I know for sure now that I am working at a desk instead of teaching that my body is not moving half as much as it used to. Therefore, ensuring I spend some periods of time standing up is so beneficial for my health and fitness.
Firstly, make sure if you are to do this that it does not go off during any important meetings. But something you could do is set yourself alarms to move every certain amount of time that is suitable for you.
By doing this it reminds you to look after your health and fitness by getting your body moving but also giving yourself a break from staring at the screen which is just as equally as important.
There you have 12 health and fitness tips for busy people! However, these health and fitness tips can be used by anyone and everyone. Start your healthy habits today and change your life.
Are these tips useful? Do you have a health and fitness routine?
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x
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Great post! Especially like the point about fitting a workout around your routine. Thanks for sharing ðŸ™‚
Thank you so much! Yeah I think for most people itâ€™s just someone telling them they do have the time to fit in that workout ðŸ˜
good post and easy read…nice little habits shared
thank you so much!
Great post! Especially like the point about fitting a workout in around your routine. Thanks for sharing ðŸ™‚
Some really great tips in this post. I’m finding that I can work out on my lunchbreak now that I WFH full time which is excellent!
Yes! I am the same but I switch it up sometimes I do it before work or in my lunch break ðŸ˜ thank you! X
These are such great tips. Time is my biggest factor. Between work, home schooling and keeping up with my blog I am on a one woman train to burn out!!
That said I have been getting up before 6am to try and fit it in first thing in the morning and I certainly feel better for it x x
Thank you so much! I know what you mean ðŸ¤£ working full time, trying to blog and everything else that comes with life is tough.
But I am glad you have found something that works for you ðŸ¤— xx
I always like to schedule my workouts as I know I will get it done then, these are all brilliant tips on how to keep fit when you’re busy Gemma! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
Thank you so much! That is a great way to keep on top of it ðŸ¤— x
I always try to workout in the morning before I start my tasks so I know that it is done for the day! Thanks for sharing these tips x
That is a great idea, I tend to do the same so then there is no excuses! Thank you xx
These are amazing tips gemma! I am a busy person. Talk about juggling being a student, with freelancing and blogging that’s me. I hate working out and I hardly ever work out but I actually decided to start working out this year and these are brilliant tips! These would really help me workout regardless of my busy schedule! x!
Thank you so much! Yeah I know how you feel about juggling everything, I am the same but with full time work, blogging and everything ðŸ™ˆ that is great that my tips have helped you xxx
Loved reading this, was so many good tips that can help. I work in an office Monday to Friday so it’s really hard to find time but I’m doing Dry January and trying to focus more on my health and fitness this year so I have been scheduling my workouts for 6pm and find this is perfect as I am definitely not an early bird haha x
Thank you so much! Yeah I completely understand that, and it can be difficult but fitting anything around your schedule is good ðŸ˜Š I am the opposite I am an early bird haha! X
These are great tips! I am the complete opposite this January. Usually every year, I get a health and fitness kick on the first day of the year but this year I didn’t haha. I’m starting this week which is 3 weeks later than usual. Standing desks are my life! I hate sitting all day, it makes me feel like a potato. Thanks for sharing x
Thank you so much! I mean I feel like a lot of people have really stepped back this year to focus on what they really want. I think just take your time and do it when you feel ready ðŸ˜ I have just begun working from home so I understand the sitting down all day! I literally hate it, I find myself squatting at my desk ðŸ¤£ I might start standing as well xx
So many great tips included here that I’m going to utilize in my day and exercise routines — thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much! I am glad they are useful for you ðŸ˜Š x
Great tips! I’ve struggled a bit in the past with how long my workout / Yoga etc was taking in the morning then I wasn’t getting started with work until like midday! That didn’t work for me but luckily I have a much better routine now 🙂 x
Thank you so much! Yeah sometimes it is just juggling everything around until you find what works for you ðŸ˜Š x
I think getting up early and getting a workout done straight away really helps me!
Katy | http://www.katystephenson.com
Yeah definitely I am the same! I like it out of the way xx
This was so useful Gemma! Thank you for these amazing tips! x
Thank you so much, glad I could help x
I love all these tips! You’re so right in saying it’s not about the length of the workout, it’s what you do that matters xx
Thank you so much! Yeah definitely and I hope it works for a lot of people x
A great set of advice ðŸ‘Œ I have certainty implemented getting up earlier giving much more time and allowing more time during the day
Thank you so much! Those are all great things to do ðŸ˜ x
The hard part is getting up early. I now do some leg raises and simple sit ups first thing as a minimum. Great post!
Thank you! Absolutely it is hard but once you get it done it is the best!
I love the tips here.
I’m a keen runner and even a 15-minute run makes me feel better. ?
Thank you! That is cool you are interested in running too, I agree running also makes me feel better x
Thank you for sharing these tips. They are good for me. I always struggle with fitness and creative work. I really can use these tips.
Thank you! I am glad to hopefully help 🙂
Fab tips! I really want to get into the habit of working out more this year and I think scheduling in time for that will really help. Taking time to relax is always so important too! Thanks for sharing x
Thank you so much! You definitely should I couldn’t agree more xx
Love these tips, as each one is actionable and can be woven into daily routine! Making something a habit is the hardest part but, once established, it quickly becomes part of our day to day lives for the better!
Thank you! Yes absolutely I couldn’t agree more! x
While I wouldn’t exactly label myself as a busy person, these tips are a fantastic reminder than it is possible to squeeze in fitness and healthy eating on a regular basis. I usually have a fitness routine, but it goes somewhat out of the window during the winter as most of my exercise comes from shoveling snow and not workouts, then as the weather starts to warm up I switch back to workouts and walking.
Thank you so much for your comment! I don’t get much snow here so I can imagine the hard work!