Finding time for fitness between your work, social events and your family can often seem impossible. Here are 5 tips to help you incorporate fitness in to your busy lifestyle.

1. Putting It In The Diary

Your calendar organises your life for you. A great way to focus your time on the things you value, such as staying healthy and fit, is to create a list of everything you’d like to do in your free time.

Make sure to add time in your calendar for fitness events so that when you’re asked by a colleague to do some extra work or go to a social event, when you look at your calendar that time slot will be engaged.

2. Less Is More

It’s easy to assume that you need at least an hour to get a good workout. This isn’t true. A well programmed workout can be completed in 45 minutes and sometimes as little as 30.

30 minute workouts might include supersets, high intensity sprint intervals or conditioning training (little to no rest between exercises).

3. Optimise Your Food Choices

Choosing packaged foods like sandwiches and wraps can seem like a good idea when you’re out and about. Sometimes you might even feel as though you’re making a healthy choice. The truth of the matter is that anything not home made is more than likely going to have a negative impact on your health and fitness goals.

Try preparing all of your meals at home the night before or prepare lots of meals one or two times per week.

4. Travel Healthy

People who travel away for work more than 20 times per month were almost times more likely to be obese and 2.61 times more likely to feel like they had poor to fair health than those workers who only traveled for six times per month according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. If you travel away from home for work try to book hotels with gyms, healthy menu options and when you are there avoid comfort eating and instead reward yourself in other ways.

Get yourself an online personal trainer for accountability. Having someone to report to can be the difference between success and failure.

5. Workout With Your Kids

Training can be really fun with kids of all ages. Babies and toddlers can be used as weights and love to be thrown around for fun. Although you might want to try this before feed time.

And you might find that older children or even teens love to spend time out on the bike, at the climbing wall and even in the gym.

6. (Bonus Tip) Relax

Yep. That’s right! Your local personal trainer in Bournemouth is telling you to relax. When you are chasing your tale all week and answering emails at 10’o’clock at night, you can often feel as though you work so hard you deserve the little treats or don’t have the energy to train.

Rest time can really put things back in perspective, give you time to organise your week and most importantly, feel energised to put the effort in with your workouts and nutrition.