How to find time to exercise when there's nothing left in the tank.
Updated: Aug 2
Here’s 7 tips to help you find a little bit of headspace so you can do something for you.
1. I don’t have the time
Exercise doesn’t have to be an hour long and leave you feeling sweaty and exhausted. Now don’t get me wrong, cardiovascular exercise is great and super import
ant but not every workout has to last an hour or more and leave you feeling wiped out. Particularly when you have small people to look after.
It’s better to do a little bit more frequently than an hour every now and then.
Ask yourself what is the shortest amount of time you can REALISTICALLY commit to moving your body? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? 20?
Even if its for 10 minutes a day Pilates is really going to give you some much needed headspace at the moment. Leaving you feeling calmer, refreshed and reenergised. If you're really struggling to fit movement in at the moment ask yourself how long can I realistically move for daily? 5 minutes? If so do that. We have loads of short workouts to choose from on our Online Studio to help you out.
Take a moment to sit with this and ask yourself what it would be. Then commit to this and see how much better you feel. Read on for tips on how to fit this into your busy day.
2. Get your station ready
I have two stations set up at home (one in my bedroom and one in my living room) with all my equipment so I’m ready to go when I have a few minutes rather than spending my workout time running around the house trying to find stuff.
3. I don’t feel like it
I bet you don’t. You’re knackered and lying on the coach watching Netflix with a glass of wine is much more appealing. But think about how good you’ll feel once you’ve moved your body? Have you ever regretted going to a Pilates class? (I’m hoping that’s a no!)
Try a short workout for just a few minutes (maybe 5 if you’re feeling exhausted) then reward yourself with lying on the coach watching Netflix. You may still want that glass of wine, you may feel surprised if you don’t - but you’ll feel energised, less achy, and stronger both physically and mentally. NB: Always listen to your body (and this will get easier over time) but you’ll know the difference between when a class will make you feel better and when you just need to rest.
4. What time of day works better for you?
Do you feel better working out in the morning so you can feel virtuous all day? Or are mornings crazy in your house and you have more headspace when the kids are in bed? Work out which time of day suits you best and go with that.
5. Schedule it in
Put it in your diary or set an alert on your phone and you’re more likely to fit it in. You then won’t have to worry about when you’re going to do it as its already planned out. Plus if you’re doing one of our pre recorded classes I try and get it to you for the normal class time so you don’t have to think about it – you’d be doing Pilates anyway!
6. You’re investing in yourself
You’re worth spending the next 5, 10, 20 minutes, 1 hour, whatever you can commit to consistently on yourself. You’ll feel better physically, mentally and emotionally and be better placed to keep giving back to everyone else in your life.
7. Habit Stacking
Shoulder bridges in front of the telly, squats whilst cleaning your teeth – every little bit adds up. Try this week’s Thread the Needle whilst you get your Netflix on.
Try one or two of these and see what works for you. If you find them beneficial do let me know as I’d love to hear how you’ve got on and what’s worked for you.