The Best Times to Work Out On a Tight Schedule

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Are your pants as tight as your schedule? If you feel like you’re too busy to workout, here’s a newsflash for you. You have exactly the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé. The only way you’ll make the progress you crave is to stop using your packed planner as an excuse to skimp out on a workout. With a little practice, you’ll become a pro at shuffling around your schedule to fit in a good sweat session. Here are some of the best times to squeeze in a workout.

Monday morning

Pros: Carpe diem. This week you’re going to start accomplishing your personal fitness goals. One of the best reasons to roll out of bed and into the gym on a Monday morning is that it sets a positive tone for your week. When you hit the gym early in the morning, you’re more likely to stick to your healthy eating plan instead of caving once you see the office donuts. Another benefit of waking up early on a Monday? No one else is up! Monday morning is the perfect time to get in a workout without having to cancel plans or fight over the last elliptical.

Admitted Cons: While seizing the day makes an awesome catch phrase, we don’t blame you for wanting to catch a few more Z’s before your workweek begins. Exercise is proven to increase energy levels, but if you’re not quite ready to commit to an early wake up call, check out these tips that will help you become a morning exerciser.

Friday evening

Pros: Nothing ruins healthy lifestyle plans more than the weekend. Science has yet to prove why we crave burgers and ice cream more on our days off, so it’s best to not leave anything up to chance. Set a positive, healthy tone for your weekend by sneaking in a good workout before heading out on the town. Is your social calendar free? Instead of curling up on the couch with a good movie, try squeezing in a 30 minute workout. Working out will help reduce your stress levels and help you sleep better.

Cons: We understand that your bed is calling your name by lunchtime on Friday and the last thing you want to do is exercise. Not to mention that you should be meeting your friends at your local hangout. Kill two birds with one stone by hitting the gym as soon as you leave work. Not only will exercising boost your energy levels, you’ll still make it to your fun night out with time to spare. Just be sure to leave a gym bag in your car so you’re all ready to go. Don’t have time to hang out with friends and work out? Plan a fun fitness night out. Try rock climbing, bowling, or even a night out dancing. You’ll be having so much fun you’ll hardly notice you’re burning calories.

Saturday and Sunday

Pros: Weekends are the best for workouts because you’re usually well rested and have more free time than you do during the week. One of the highlights of hitting the gym on the weekends is the larger variety of group exercise classes. If you work a normal 9 to 5 job, many group fitness classes take place before your lunch break. During the weekend, the world is your oyster. To take full advantage of your weekend workout time, go to bed early the night before.

Cons: Waking up early on the weekends is tough, but it’s a must if you want to have some space at the gym. The longer you linger in bed, the more crowded the gym will become.

Still pressed for time?

We understand what works for some people doesn’t work for others. If you don’t work a typical 9 to 5 schedule, be sure to take advantage of a gym that’s open 24/7. It’s also important to remember that sometimes it’s not about finding the time to workout, but changing your workout to be more efficient. If you can only make it to the gym once or twice a week, try switching up your cardio routine or swapping classic moves for more effective ones.

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