How to make time for exercise when there is no time

I love looking at Instagram pages of mums who do lunges in the kitchen while chopping carrots, and burpees putting the washing into the washing machine while wearing their super expensive, stylish workout gear. I can only dream. I don’t know about you, but when I’m at home with the kids, there is so much to do, the only exercise I get is trying to walk with a 1 year old attached to my leg, and running to save him from falling off the couch.

I am a mum of a 3 year old and 1 year old, and I own and operate BHCH. Needless to say, I don’t have much time on my hands at the best of times, and it has been made extra challenging these days because of a very exciting development… we are moving to a new location!!! It is a custom fitout in Box Hill North. More details to follow.

We will be ready to go by the end of March, and you will be updated via email and on facebook/Instagram as we go, so please follow us (links below) to stay in the loop! We are still operating from Prospect Street in the mean time, so don’t forget you can BOOK ONLINE.

Being so busy lately has brought me to this article… my top 4 tips on how to make time for exercise (or other things you might need to do) when you have no time.

  • make time for exercise tip 1

    Tip 1

    Write down the answer to these questions:

    How important is it to you to exercise (or do the task you “have no time” for)? Why is it so important? How will you feel once you get it done?

    Imagine yourself 3 months, 6 months, 12 months from now once you have achieved your task. How do you look, how do you feel, what difference has it made to your life?

    Revisit this page every week or fortnight, and remind yourself why you are making time for this.

  • make time for exercise tip 2

    Tip 2

    DIARISE IT.

    I have gotten very good at diarising things since I had my second son. I give myself blocks of time to get certain tasks done, and make sure I do it in that time.

    For example, I allow 2 hours every night after the kids are in bed to work on the business. At the start of each week, I plan out how I will utilise those 2 hours each day. And then I tick off those tasks.

    So, my advice is to find windows of time that you are free, and block them off in your diary for exercise. Even if you can fit in a short 20 minute workout at home, it’s better than nothing. Easy!

  • make time for exercise tip 3

    Tip 3

    This probably makes me sound like a broken record, but PRIORITISE.

    I find it helps if I write down my list of things to do for the day, week, month, even quarter, and number them in order of importance.

    Then ticking things off gives me a sense of achievement, while the more important things are done first.

    For example, I might have a 90 minute window while the little one is napping, so I would do a quick 30 minute workout, make a few work phone calls and send some emails, then prep dinner, leaving laundry for later.

    You’ll be surprised how much gets done in just 90 minutes when you are focussed on the tasks at hand. You just need to work out what is important to YOU.

  • make time for exercise tip 3

    Tip 4

    JUST DO IT.

    And I’m not selling fitness apparel, although buying nice workout clothes might motivate some.

    Mel Robbins came up with a theory called the “5 second rule”. Every time you have an idea to do something, you have 5 seconds before you talk yourself out of it. So she suggested you count down from 5, and as soon as you hit 1, jump up and do what you were thinking.

    E.g. you set the alarm for 5:30am to hit the gym before work. Your alarm wakes you. instead of thinking about hitting snooze, you count 5…4…3….2….1 and leap out of bed and into the gym.

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