Exercising with Limited Time

Exercising with Limited Time

“The bad news is, time flies. The good news is, you’re the pilot.” ~Michael Altahuler

At my heaviest weight, one of my top excuses was that I didn’t have time to work out. I would begin an exercise routine as soon as I could clear some time in my schedule.

We are all so busy all the time. We spend our lives rushing from one activity to the next, and lack of time is the most common reason people give for not exercising.

While we can’t add hours to the day, we can make the most of how those hours are used. Of course, there will always be days that just feel like there is no way to fit in a workout, and that’s okay. Rest is important, too!

The problem is when every day begins to feel too busy to workout.​

The best thing about any workout, no matter how much time you put into it is that it’s still more than you would have done had you done nothing at all.

How Much Time Do You Have Today?

Take a moment at the start of each day to evaluate your schedule. Will you have 15-minute break during the work day or 30 minutes after work to take a walk? Are there 10 spare minutes to get away and knock out a good HIIT?

Is your day truly so jam-packed that you cannot find one full minute to spare until bedtime? No judgement here, it’s happened to me!

Less Than One Minute

If you don’t even have one minute to spare, stop your schedule evaluation and do ten jumping jacks. Then, move on with your day knowing that you’ve done something for your body today.

Ten Minutes

If you have ten minutes, a lot more options open up. Ten minutes allows time for HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), which is a really great work-out in a short amount of time.

Another fun option is to do a search on YouTube for “ten-minute workout.” We have so many options right at our finger tips!


With more than ten minutes in the day, plenty of other options open themselves up (walking, hiking, strength training, etc.).

Sometimes, the biggest hurdle to cross with more time is just making up your mind on what to do.

When I get into a slump or just get tired of the same workout routine every day, I like to challenge myself.

30-Day challenges are really popular right now, but I don’t always do those. Sometimes I challenge myself for a week, six weeks, one month or one time I even did a 40-day challenge. The point is to hold yourself accountable for completing some little habit each day.

My 40-day challenge was to complete 40 push-ups every day for 40 days. The push-ups didn’t all have to be in a row. The point was simply to complete the push-ups sometime between the time I woke up and went to bed. As I became stronger over the course of the challenge, I worked up from 8 sets of 5 on Day 1 to 1 set of 40 on Day 40.

Do What Works for You

The point is, even if you feel like you have no time at all to work out, you just need to remind yourself that you can only do what works for you. If you push yourself to work out for an hour every day, but you really don’t feel like you have a full hour to commit, you’re going to get burned out and give up altogether.

Commit to the time you have available, whether that’s less than a minute, ten minutes, or two hours. Any time you can commit to exercise is better than no time at all.

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