If there’s one thing I know about entrepreneurs, it’s that we are busy. I am constantly running back and forth, doing everything from promoting myself and networking to putting out fires in my business. It can be difficult to find time to do anything except eat, sleep, and work when you have such a crazy schedule to follow. And finding time to exercise can seem like an impossible challenge.
According to Michael Saile Jr, managing attorney of Cordisco & Saile, LLC, “Being a healthy entrepreneur is one of the most difficult balancing acts anyone can do. When you’re a busy entrepreneur sometimes maintaining your fitness can be forgotten in the stack of other things you need to do. If that’s the case – it’s time to re-prioritize your routine. Yes, there’s only so much time in the day – but entrepreneurs are good at maximizing their time. So you simply have to find a place where you’re wasting time, and use that time for something more productive.”
It may not always be as easy as it sounds, but it is possible to make time for fitness in your routine, no matter how busy you are. It’s less a matter of time, and more a matter of motivation. You have to be willing to put in the work. Not only when it comes to the physical exercise – but also when it comes to making the time in your schedule. You have to be very sure that you’re dedicated to being fit while you’re trying to find the time. Because it’s going to be hard to maintain your crazy schedule if you’re not dedicated.
Get Up a Little Earlier
I can already hear some of you scoffing. “I already get up early enough! I don’t want to add anything else to my morning routine!” This is why I said that more than anything else, it takes motivation to add exercise to your schedule. It’s easy to tell yourself that you’re going to get up earlier, or cut out other activities in order to add in some exercise. But if you don’t have the commitment to actually make it happen, you won’t see any change in your routine at all.
Get up thirty minutes earlier in the morning and squeeze in a little exercise before you shower! Not only will this help keep you in shape, it will also has a multitude of health benefits – and helps you wake up faster, as well as stay awake during the day.
Shorten Your Lunch Break
Instead of heading out to your favorite restaurant during the day, pack yourself a healthy lunch. That way you can eat faster, then go for a walk afterwards. According to Jonathan Brown, CEO of Sparkle Clean Maids, “A walk may not really count as working out – but exercise during your lunch break will improve your focus for the rest of your day. It also means that you’re not simply sitting down the entire day.”
If you work from home and don’t have to worry about breaking a sweat in the middle of the day, you can do a full work out on your lunch break – if you have the time. Simply have something easy to prepare for lunch, then get to it. You may even be able to squeeze in a shower if you manage your time right!
Reprioritize Daily Tasks
If your day is simply jam-packed, and you can’t think of a single minute to spare for a workout – that’s okay. You can still squeeze in time for working out occasionally. Simply make sure that you prioritize your daily tasks correctly.
If you can prioritize your exercise as more important than some of the other things on your To-do list, there’s a better chance that you’ll get around to actually doing it. Of course, this takes careful planning, as you may not always get around to everything on your to-do list. Make sure you prioritize correctly. There may still be days where you simply can’t take the time to exercise – and that’s okay!
Combine Exercise with Something Else
If you have tasks that aren’t too intensive that you do daily, you can combine your workout time with that task. This could be reading, doing a little brainstorming, or whatever else you need to get done. If you have a stationary bike or a treadmill, this is most ideal, as you can focus a little more easily. There are also other options – you could listen to podcasts instead of reading if you can find some that are relevant to your work.
This won’t work for everyone, of course. But if you can effectively divide your time between your work and exercise – or if you can find some work that lends itself to this end – you may find yourself well on your way to integrating exercise into your daily routine.