11 Time-crunched Tips
LANCE WATSON, LIFESPORT COACHING, VICTORIA
Schedule shorter, focused training sessions during the workweek. Exercise first thing in the morning to dramatically increase the odds of getting sessions done.
If you can’t find 45 to 60 minutes of training time during your day, break it up into 20- to 30-minute segments. Split workouts can be as effective as continuous workouts.
Look for gyms, parks or pools near work to sneak out for a quick noon-hour session. Pack a lunch to save restaurant time.
Commuting to, and from, work is a great way to efficiently get in your training. Take the long way to work when you need an endurance ride and leave late when you want a fast ride.
If you travel, choose a hotel with good training facilities (or some nearby).
For busy parents, try joining a pool or community centre that has a daycare centre. Plan workouts for the start of the day, before the family gets up – it’s a sure way to get them in. If your kids are little, sneak in a workout while they nap.
Share morning routines with your partner and alternate workout days with getting-kids-ready-for-school days.
Invest in some indoor equipment, such as a bike trainer or treadmill.
Rather than sit and watch the entire soccer or hockey practice, run and stretch, or train for half the practice, then watch the other half.
Have a training calendar with a plan to make it easier to program your overall week and fit everything in.
A coach who plans training for your busy schedule helps make the time you do have far more effective and targeted.