How to Make Time for a Workout

"I'm sleepy."
"I'm tired."
"I can't find my running shoes."
"It's too expensive."

Those were my very own thoughts whenever I put it in my calendar that I have to work out, whether it be running, yoga, gym or football. I would rest and then some time after that, I would feel so bloated and fat and imagine myself in my 40s and looking really unfit.

I know I didn't make the wisest decision.

For quite a time, I threw myself into all the exercises I could do {yoga every other day and football during weekends and a demanding corporate position}, I then of course, injured myself. It was a sign to slow things down.

Now that I'm back into the swing of things, I am taking things in moderation, but never taking off physical activity from the repertoire that is my life. We dayjobbers are pretty much confined within bounds during those hours but that doesn't mean we can't be fit. Here are the stuff that worked for me, I hope they work for you, too:

  1. Carve the time. So your 8-5 is pretty booked? How about looking for the nearest gym in your office or your home? I once helped other yogis in my old office to be able to experience yoga at work and that was great. We were able to do yoga once a week at least! In other times, I woke up at 6 AM to be at Yoga+ by 6:30 and back to work by 8:30 AM.
  2. Plan it out a day before. I usually cram when I pack my stuff for my workout {Barre3, yoga, football and swimming all require various kinds of outfit and shoes} so I try my best to pack them the night before into my favorite Adidas gym bag.
  3. Sleep on time. Nothing kills a workout plan faster than a hangover or puyat. In fact, I think working out while puyat may not be the best idea! I did once try to go to yoga class inebriated and had double vision while inverted. Ha!
  4. Eat well. There was a time in my life that I went to 360 Circuit class without eating something protein-rich. By the end of the 30 minute class, I was cursing loudly in my head and was so dizzy I stumbled to the nearest dimsum place {Good Earth, ha ha}. Lesson learned: Never go to class hungry nor too full.
  5. Save up for it. Working out can be costly --- it is important to earmark some of your budget for it to avoid overspending. On the flip side, it need not be costly, there's always running, community yoga and simply doing reps of your favorite activity. One just needs to be resourceful to find the balance in working out and making sure it's something that won't be hurting you physically and financially.
  6. Have workout buddies. When I started my fitness journey, it helped so much that my Sun Life colleagues were so much into it that we all planned it all together and went to classes together. Now that I'm not in Sun Life anymore, I still go with them to classes but I also have other buddies like K {and our swim coach} and new friends I've met through football. Barre3 allowed me to meet amazing women and bloggers {hi, Tina!}. Workout has never been this fun!

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