Topic: How to make time for workouts when you don’t have any time?


How Much is Enough?
Ask yourself: If I commit to exercising, how would I accommodate it?
What routines would I need to change in order to exercise?
What kind of exercise would be appealing to me?
Move while you wait
Work your abs while you sit, stand, or walk.
Get off the subway/train/bus one stop early.
Make calls more mobile.


Every person is as busy as it gets in today’s world. From work to family life to social calls and necessary personal time, it seems like 24 hours are not enough to fit every activity in a person’s calendar. In all this busyness, there is an integral part of our lives that takes a backseat – health and exercising. The importance of maintaining one’s health through workouts and an active lifestyle cannot be overstated – it is essential to living a fulfilled life. 

Here are some ways to make time for workouts when you don’t have any time:

How much is enough?

  • Before starting on this journey, one important thing you need to understand is knowing the requirements of your body.
  • To find out how much exercising is enough for you and also the time it would occupy in your life, you need to know the needs of your body and also define your goals.
  • For someone looking to lose weight, working out 5 times a week for at least an hour each would be good. 
  • On the other hand, if somebody just wants to stay active, they can simply go for daily walks. 

Ask yourself: If I commit to exercising, how to stay committed to working out?

  • Each person is living a unique and also busy life. As such, you need to find out for yourself the ways you can accommodate exercising as part of your daily life when you dedicate yourself to it. 
  • If you barely have 5 hours a week to yourself due to many commitments, it wouldn’t be wise to schedule it all away just for exercising nor can you keep on pushing back other commitments to workout.
  • Either you find times to accommodate exercising in your life or you can change some things in your life so it fits naturally. 

How Your Workout Routine Needs To Change In Order To Exercise

  • One of the easy ways to build an exercise routine when you have no time is by changing non-essential routines in your daily life.
  • For example, instead of staying in bed and scrolling social media immediately after you wake up, you can put aside 20 minutes to go out and walk. 
  • Or, you can have 30 minutes of workout after coming home from work before starting on anything else.
  • The best way to do it is to swap a negative routine with a positive one of exercising. 

What kind of fitness/health activity can be appealing to me?

  • A big reason behind the lack of motivation for working out is distaste and unease for a lot of people. 
  • Many people think exercising is only limited to going to the gym and working out but this cannot be further from the truth. 
  • From yoga to cycling to swimming to hiking to rock climbing and so much more, there are all kinds of exercise options available. 
  • You just need to find one that appeals to you, so that you would be enthusiastic about including it in your life. 

Move while you wait

  • Just like you can order supplements from an online supplement store with the help of your mobile devices and the internet, you can use your waiting periods for getting in some activity.
  • Even with a busy life, we sometimes tend to find ourselves with some time on our hands as we wait for things. 
  • During this period, you can walk around, do some stretching or if you’re not particularly shy, you can even shimmy and dance around. 
  • Whatever you like, try to get in some movement whenever you’re free and waiting. 

You can exercise your stomach while sitting, standing, or walking

  • As it turns out, our midsections are the ones getting the least amount of activity in our usual routines. 
  • You work your legs by walking around and your upper body with manual work, but this section is completely forgotten.
  • You can try to include sitting or standing crunches in your daily life to work out your precious abs wherever you are.
  • This can be done sitting in your office chair or even on your commute. 

Simply get off the bus one stop early

  • If you are one of those people that use public transport to get around, one thing you can do to increase your activity level gets off one stop early from your subway, bus, or train.
  • This would give you a chance to walk to your destination and get your activity level up. 
  • If you make it a habit, you can be sure that you’re at least getting 15 to 20 minutes of walk every day i.e. staying active for such period. 

Make calls more mobile

  • All of us have to make many phone calls throughout our day. Most of these are on our cell phones, so you can utilize all this period to ‘walk and talk’.
  • It is extremely simple, all you do is get up and walk around for as long as the call goes on every time you get a call that you know would last for more than 2 minutes. 
  • Even if the call is not for a very long period, this would still allow you to stay active throughout the day. 


There are many ways one can work out without ‘exercising’ if one stays open to being creative about it. It is not always possible to make time for the gym or dedicated workouts but it is always possible to stay active. Even small things like walking on a call can lead to major changes over time.

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