My go to excuse for not going to the gym…”I don’t have time!”  As a matter of fact it is the go to phrase for a LOT of great things missed.
In a perfect world, we’d all have at least an hour a day to devote to our fitness. But in the real world, 24 hours a day doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to fit in work, school, love, fun and family. Try a few of these tips to change up your routine.

Set Your Alarm Early

Becoming an A.M. exerciser means you get to cross your workout off your to-do list ASAP. We’re not telling you to skip out on sleep in favor of a sweat session, but there are simple steps you can take to reset your sleep schedule and wake up earlier. Can’t quite get yourself out of bed that early? Wear your workout clothes to bed and get your sweat on as soon as you wake up.

Sneak In a Lunch Break Workout

Work Out at Work

“Sit on a stability ball to strengthen your core, and keep dumbbells or exercise tubing at your desk. Squeeze in 12 to 15 reps of exercises like dumbbell curls, overhead presses, and ab crunches; aim for two or three sets of each.

Take the Kids with You

Got a young brood? Invest in a jogging stroller to get your miles in without paying big bucks for a sitter. Or strap your bundle of joy into a carrier and do squats for extra resistance and a fun distraction.

Multitask on the Treadmill

“Save time at the gym with this 10-minute cardio/sculpt session: Hop on a treadmill holding a three- to five-pound dumbbell in each hand, and set the speed to a brisk walk. Do a one-minute set each of shoulder presses, biceps curls, triceps extensions, side laterals, front laterals, and standing triceps kickbacks one after another as you walk. Or study or listen to a conference call with buds while doing some cardio.

Make It a Date

 Set up workout dates with your significant other to keep fit. Single? Invite your friends to try a new workout instead of hitting happy hour. Introduce a friend or family member to CF!!

No More “Couch Potato”

Just because you’re catching up on Netflix, The Bachelor, or Sports Center doesn’t mean you can’t do push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, planks, squats, etc. too. Clear up some space between the couch and the TV so you don’t miss anything while breaking a sweat. Need an extra nudge? Move your dumbbells, jump rope, and other fitness tools near the tube to give yourself visible reminders.
All of you at Factory Square Crossfit is the motivation I need to get my “I don’t have time” attitude out of my system!  What is your excuse?   Hit it head on and the moment you feel it, say it, think about it….get your butt to the gym! Or one of these alternatives;)
Dr. Meghan
McNicholas Family Chiropractic