7 TIPS FOR MAKING TRAINING A PRIORITY WITH A BUSY SCHEDULE
BY MELINDA CORSSINO // WNBF BIKINI & FIGURE PRO & NMI ATHLETE
I’ll be the first to admit I get stressed very easily. Between work, school, training, a kid, a dog, house cleaning, errands, family, friends, sometimes I feel like I just can’t keep up with it all. It’s easy to let life get the best of you. Laziness sometimes seems like the easy way out.
The common excuse of “I don’t have time” is one that is heard quite often. We make time for things that we find important to us, and I am a firm believer that there is always a way to make time.
The following are a few tips that help me stay organized and motivated:
1.TRAIN IN THE MORNING.
I am NOT a morning person! Sometimes I barely feel like I can get up for work, but at times I find it best to workout in the morning. Getting up is the hardest part, but once you are at the gym and working through it, I find it feels pretty good. I feel accomplished on my way to work knowing that I have already gotten my training in. I also now have free time on my lunch break and after work for errands or my stepson’s sporting events etc.
2. TRAIN WITH FRIENDS.
Set up events and share the misery with your friends. As racing season is approaching my Sunday mornings will be filled with long trail runs with a weight vest, sand bags and other things that cause pain. It makes it more fun and less miserable when you can get out there with a group or even another person. No better way to create memories than kicking each other’s butts!
3. BRING YOUR KIDS!
Have a young child? Run with them in a stroller. Even if you have to do run/walk intervals it’s a great way to get in some exercise and spend time with your child at the same time. Have an older child? Bring them along! My stepson is 13 and we bring him on shorter runs and to the gym. It starts good habits for them, and you can get your training in.
4. PREP AND PACK YOUR FOOD THE NIGHT BEFORE.
I know many competitors already do this, but it is such a huge help. Spend a few hours prepping/cooking your food on a Sunday for the week. Package it all up in your fridge and your “lunchbox”, label it and be done. Throw some music on, have some fun with it. Once it’s done it frees up so much time during the week.
“ONCE YOU ARE AT THE GYM …and working through it, I find it feels pretty good.”
5.MAKE TO-DO LISTS AND ORGANIZE A CALENDAR.
It’s a great feeling to check something off a list; at least it is for me. I’m a huge fan of lists for everything. They help me stay organized and not forget. Set a plan for your week; a training schedule, an errand schedule, work, kids’ schedules, etc. I have a giant white board calendar in my kitchen that has everyone’s schedule color coded, from work meetings, to school events, training, appointment, etc. All plans can change at the drop of a hat, but at least there is a rough plan in place.
6. TAKE TURNS TRAINING.
If you are in a relationship with children it is so much harder to find time to train, especially if you are both working. Try taking turns, one person trains and the other stays home and visa versa. There are times I go to CrossFit in the morning and my fiancé takes his son to school, and then he goes to the gym at night and I stay home with him. My fiancé and I also train during his son’s sport practices. One of us will watch and the other will go for a run and then we switch off. This doesn’t always work but it is definitely a way to get extra training in with a tough schedule.
7. DON’T FORGET TO RELAX.
I need a constant reminder of this. I am a very type ‘A’ go go go type of person, but it is important to treat yourself. Get a massage, get your nails done, go out for a girls night/ guys night. Keep yourself sane and focus on YOU.
“YOU WANT TO KEEP YOURSELF HEALTHY….not only for you, but for your family as well.”
It is not selfish to take time for yourself. You want to keep yourself healthy, not only for you, but for your family as well. A healthy lifestyle will trickle down to your children, so lead by example. Time spent on your health is always a good use of time. NMI
MELINDA CORRSINO | CONTRIBUTING EDITOR / NMI ATHLETE
Melinda Spencer (Corssino) is a WNBF Pro Bikini and Figure competitor. She is a full-time Office Manager of a government building, part-time MBA Finance student, s1ep-mom, 1rail runner, Spartan Racer and CrossFitter. Sheis a Natural Magazine International and P4P Muscle sponsored athlete. Melinda is also host of blog talk radio show,Fit Talkwith Melinda Corssino. She was a division 1 college softballplayer, and has always had a love for fitness from a very young age. Melinda wants to inspire others to stay healthy, fit, happy and motivated. Contact Melinda at firstname.lastname@example.org.