Below you will read 6 ways to find time for yoga.
Finding time for yoga or any type of exercise can seem challenging, but it doesn’t have to be.
I work full time as a second-grade teacher, teach after-school classes and I put in at least 20 hours into my blog each week. How do I fit in 30+ hours of yoga/exercise in a month?
I would like to point out that I recognize that not everyone will be able to devote 30+ hours to fitness each month. If your work schedule is even crazier than mine, if you have kids, are planning a wedding, etc. it can be challenging. I get it. Don’t get discouraged, do the best that you can. Use my tips below to improve and start making it a priority in your life.
In order to fit in lots of yoga and exercise, I eliminated some things from my life and I added in some organization.
tv (Netflix, movies)
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching a good show or movie and still occasionally sit down to watch something. But it is not my routine now. I don’t sit down to watch something every night as a way to wind down. Maybe once a week or every other week I will watch something. And honestly, I enjoy it more when I watch. It seems special and more enjoyable.
Facebook is highly addictive for me. I can be scrolling through my feed for 30 minutes and realize that I am not even paying attention to what I am seeing. I see Facebook as a great way to connect with friends, but it can be (and most of the time for me) a mindless activity with no connection. I tried allowing myself once a day to check in, but I found myself checking my feed multiple times a day. What works best for me is checking it once a week, usually on the weekend. This way, I don’t miss the major things people post, and I don’t get sucked in during the week.
time that I am overly tired
At night, I often hit a wall. I am too exhausted to do anything, but I don’t go to bed. I end up wasting an hour or two just sitting/laying on the couch literally doing nothing. I am even too tired to get ready for bed. I don’t find these times relaxing because I am just too tired to enjoy it. I found that if I get ready for bed before I hit this wall, I am much more likely to go to bed when I feel too tired to do anything. I then get a better nights sleep and wake up feeling ready to go.
I add in:
I use part of my weekend to get prepared for the week. I have a spreadsheet that I use to help me stay organized in what needs to get done. My list includes:
My list includes:
take out the garbage, recycling, and compost
wipe down inside and outside of the fridge
give the stove a really good wipe down
wipe out the microwave
make a grocery list
prepare a big bowl of veggies to eat throughout the week
hard-boil a bunch of eggs
clean out my purse
plan my outfits for the week
pluck my eyebrows
do my nails
I don’t do all of it every weekend. Every week, I have a column, items that get completed get a check, items that I don’t do get an “X”. That way I can keep track over a longer period of time what needs to be done. For example, I don’t wash my sheets every week. I wash them every other week and my spreadsheet helps me easily see if it needs to be done that weekend.
I commute 20 minutes to work. When you are trying to maximize your time, this can seem like a huge waste. Which is why I love podcasts. I have several that I really enjoy; Planet Money, Ted Radio Hour, and Freakonomics are some of my all time favorites. Honestly, I feel like it has replaced watching TV for me. I took a time that seemed like a waste and turned it into something that I enjoy and that is really educational.
exercise with family and friends
I love spending quality time with family and friends. I try to get in physical activity while hanging out with others as much as possible. Exercising is more fun with a buddy (I think). I get to share what I love (yoga) with my friends and family. You are more likely to push yourself in your workouts if you have a buddy. Plus, it holds you accountable to doing the workout in the first place!
There you go! These are the things that I do (and don’t do) on a daily basis that make it possible for me to get in a workout or two each day.
Are you not working out because you lack the energy at the end of your work day? Now that I am doing physical activity daily, my energy levels have gone up.
If you haven’t been physically active on a regular basis, don’t go from 0 to 60 too fast. If you are interested in seeing how I increased my physical activity over time, without getting injured, check out this post.
What do you do to maximize your time? Comment below!