How do I fit workouts into a stressful schedule?
January 31, 2012 9:26 PM Subscribe
How do I find time and motivation to stick to a workout plan, given a moderately stressful schedule, quite a bit of work, and not a huge amount of relaxation time (which working out would cut into)?
posted by Rory Marinich to health & fitness (22 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my senior year at undergrad art school, working on a senior thesis, taking five classes, and also working an internship. Generally on weekdays I'm working 9-4 or 9-7. I travel most weekends to visit friends, and the travel's not strenuous, but it means I leave home Saturday afternoon and return Sunday evening.
I'd like to try to work out once a day. I've got free weights and plenty of room; the difficulty is that working out isn't a habit, so I'm not motivated to start a workout, and frequently I want to relax in my free time and not exhaust myself. I've been trying to wake up earlier in the morning and work out before the day begins; the problem is that if I do anything social and late-at-night it totally kills the schedule.
I'd like advice on getting workouts into my schedule and making them more pleasant, at least until I've developed a habit for reliably working out. I feel like if I fit this in for a month or two, I'll start to accept it as a part of my life, but for those first months, I've got to figure out how to form a plan and stick to it.