What to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t have time to workout

We’ve all been there. You’re running around, checking this and that off of your to do list for the day. By the time the day is done, you’re exhausted and don’t feel like you’ve done anything for yourself.

When you’re done feeling like you don’t have control over your day and life, take a moment and try this 5 minute exercise. Take a minute to think about what you’d really like to do. Then take 4 minutes to open your calendar, look at your schedule for tomorrow, and find time – any amount of time – to block out and commit to doing that one thing.

For example, let’s say you’ve really been wanting to get in a workout, but you have no time with work, home, and family responsibilities.

  • First, open your schedule to tomorrow and find anywhere from 10-30 minutes to do your workout.
  • Next, look at where you’ll be when this time arrives. What will you have access to? What do you want/need to bring with you? Assuming it’s portable, place it near your door, or with your clothes for the day.
  • And finally, when the time comes to do your workout, just do it. It doesn’t have to be the hardest workout or leave you exhausted. You simply need to get moving.

Try a follow-along routine (i.e. 10 Minutes to Better), that takes the extra thinking out of the process and let’s you get to it.

The takeaway: Schedule your training time for each day. Do it at the beginning of the week if you can. Don’t be discouraged if you have to move it around, or even shorten it. Commit to doing even as little as 5 or 10 minutes. Just build the habit.

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Chris Gaines

I help people discover the impact of athleticism in their everyday life. With that clarity, they navigate misconceptions around fitness. With that focus, they pursue movement skills with intention and a larger purpose. All so they can face life's everyday challenges and grow with confidence.

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