Most of us struggle with making time for exercise. Whether it be your inbox is too full, you have another scheduled meeting, your kids need your full attention, or you’re just too tired; that’s when your workout is probably the first thing you cross off your to-do list.

But it’s exactly during those times that your workout becomes more important than ever. Not just if you’re working toward a goal or training for an event, but because even a short amount of physical activity can drastically improve your overall well-being. And that’s good for your kids, bosses, everyone!

So how do you make time for exercise when life feels crazy? Here are some ways to keep your workouts in your routine, no matter how busy your life may be.

1. Keep Your Workout Clothes Handy

Keep an extra pair of running shoes and some clothes in your car, that way, wherever you are, you can get a quick workout in. Plus, it can be a fun experience, because you never know where you may end up exercising and what you’ll see along the way. While it can be hard to make the time, there’s fun in that challenge and it pays off, even if it’s just 20 minutes

2. Get More out of Errands

When you go to the mall or grocery store, park toward the back of the parking lot and walk the extra distance. 

3. Schedule Workouts like Meetings

Make time for your workouts by putting them on your calendar and scheduling your days around them. This helps hold you accountable and motivate you to stick to your schedule. 

4. Join the Most Convenient Gym Possible

No one wants to pay for a hefty gym membership that they barely use, or have to drive across town to get to the gym and then have to drive all the way back. You want something that is convenient and easy, and luckily for you, there are ways this can be possible for you. Xperience Fitness offers memberships as low as $9.99 a month, and has state-of-the-art locations throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. Check out our locations page to see where the closest one to you is! 

5. Get a Fitness Coach

Fitness coaches are an excellent way to hold yourself accountable and drive results. With your coach, you decide what you want to focus on so your coach can get you there. Whether you have never worked out a day in your life or are an avid gym goer, it’s easy to get started with a coach who knows what they’re doing. Designating a meeting time with a coach will help you commit to working out and will allow you to plan your schedule accordingly. 

6. Wake Up Earlier

This is the hardest part for most people: getting your exercise in BEFORE the day actually begins. Maybe that means doing some at-home workouts before the kids wake up, or heading to the gym before you have to be at the office- whatever it may be, this step is crucial for someone who feels that they just don’t have enough time in their day. 

7. Master Your Mind-set

Many people have a negative attitude when it comes to working out. Altering this mindset and thinking of working out as enjoyable will transform your experience. Never think of it as something you have to do, but something you want and get to do.