What is the number one excuse for not exercising regularly? Lack of time, of course. Life can get hectic and finding time for your health and wellbeing can be difficult!

Having a busy schedule often means that exercise takes a backseat. With kids, meetings, family and work commitments, it’s super easy to get overbooked and fitness can fall by the wayside.

We all have only 24 hours in a day, and most of us need every minute of it. However, exercise is too important for your health to skip. If you’re aren’t your healthiest, you won’t have the stamina to do the things you need to do. Somehow, we have to fit exercise in the schedule.

It takes focus and practice to balance your daily activities in order to achieve your goals. So how can you make time for exercise when life feels crazy? Here are 13 ways to make time for your workouts, no matter how busy you are.

1 – Set your alarm half an hour earlier – try exercising early in the morning before your children wake up or before you get busy. You’ll start your day feeling energised and ready to go, and then the rest of your day is free for work and play.

2 – To-do Lists And Notebooks – They are an awesome way to systemise your activities and break them down into daily tasks. As the day passes, check off those completed tasks to see what else you still have to do. Ticking every item off is a rewarding thing to do. Everybody likes to see what they’ve accomplished for the day.

3 – Delegate tasks – create time for yourself. Try delegating certain tasks from your list to someone else. When you’re super busy and feeling overwhelmed, you should always ask for help or delegate. It may seem daunting at first because you like things done a particular way, but you’ll soon get used to it.

Families make a great team, so get everyone involved in the dirty work. You could even make a to-do list to clip to the fridge and delegate the tasks which they can take care of. It starts simple but delegating can create a huge amount of extra time.

4 – Time block your exerciseblock out time in your personal calendar and/or your work calendar and schedule your day around them. When it’s already in your diary, you’re more likely to plan other things around it.

5 – Don’t Be Afraid of Short Workouts – you do not have to spend 30 or 60 minutes working out. Workouts can be as little as 10 minutes and will have many health and fitness benefits too.

6 – Literally run your errands – run to the shops! Run to the post office! Run anywhere you need to be.

7 – Embrace the commute – getting active on the way to school or work is a fantastic way to fit exercise into your day. If you live too far from work or school to walk then park 10-minute away. Start with a daily brisk walk and who knows you may soon be embracing the run to work lifestyle.

8 – Sweat while your kids are sweating – Taking the kids to dance or football practice? Fit your cardio in and go for a walk or run while they are getting their practice in.

9 – Family fitness – It’s easier to stick to an exercise routine if you have other people sweating along with you, so get your family involved. Head outdoors for a picnic in the park with the kids. Plan family outings and holidays that include physical activity (such as hiking, cycling or swimming). A game of tag or cricket, tree climbing or a hike is a great way for the family to get fit and having fun together.

10 – Choose workouts that you enjoy. It’s so much easier to make time for things that you really enjoy. Don’t swim if you prefer running, and don’t choose a solitary sport if you prefer the fun and social aspects of a team sport.

11 – Look for Opportunities to Move – workouts don’t have to be structured. Keep a pair of exercise shoes in your car. When you have a chance, take a walk.

12 – Combine fitness and social time – get the best of both worlds by exercising with your bestie. Encourage each other to work hard. Commit to exercise with someone else. It is much harder to cancel when you feel you’re letting someone down.

13 – Don’t join a gym – think about the travel time involved. You can start a walk or run from anywhere, but going to the gym will take extra time. When you work up a sweat at home, you don’t have to drive to a gym, find a parking spot, and dress a certain way. In fact, you might work harder if you’re exercising in a private place where it doesn’t matter how sweaty you get!

Remember that being active each day is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Even if you are busy, you can plan physical activity in short bursts that fit around your life.

Working out needs to been seen as something enjoyable and never think of it as something you have to do, but instead as something you want to do.

Any exercise is better than none, and you can make it quick and easy if that’s all the time you have. By making time for activity everyday you’ll be setting yourself up for better long-term health. Getting active will be even easier if you choose something that you enjoy, and schedule it in to your diary.



Lucy Round (The Detox Coach) is a qualified nutrition coach, detox & wellness coach and personal trainer and the founder of www.clowcleanse.co.uk and WeightLossForBusyMums (a weight loss support group for busy mums).

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