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Health & fitness guide for busy professionals!

Updated: Sep 14, 2019

With this guide you can put an end to the excuse of lack of time and get serious about your fitness goals along with your hustle.

A man standing in front of a weight plate in the gym.

It is no secret that exercising, healthy eating and a good 7-8 hours of sleep daily keeps you more energetic, creative, productive and efficient with your work. Maintaining a consistent fitness routine is not easy when you have a long list of things to do but it doesn't have to take a huge chunk out of your 24 hours. When you have a schedule and routine for all things related to work, fitness should be a walk in the park, shouldn't it? Here is the complete health and fitness guide -

1. Schedule your workouts.

Just like you would schedule your meetings, appointments and other tasks of the day, schedule a particular time-slot for your workouts. Aim for a minimum of four workouts per week and set up your calendar accordingly. Planning ahead of time always leaves you room for adjustments and gives you a reason to look forward to it.

2. Opt for a gym that is closer to home or work.

Sign-up for a membership at a gym that is closer to your workplace or your home so as to reduce the commute time. If a gym is located far off, you will be more likely to skip it citing traffic or other reasons that would take up your time.

3. Customize your workouts.

You can even customize your workouts to obtain maximum results in the least possible time. Opt for a few HIIT workouts, include super-sets and tri-sets in your weight training. Have a mini-workout during your one hour lunch break. No one takes an hour to eat their lunch, if it is difficult to schedule a workout for the rest of the day, have a 30-40 minute workout followed by a 20 minute lunch.

A lady raising her hand after successfully fitting an exercise schedule in her busy routine as a working professional.

4. Meal Prep.

Meal prep is the best way to save on time and eat healthy when it comes to your meals. Cook all your meals in bulk and meal prep your snacks as well so that you always have something healthy to snack on during the day.

5. Set realistic goals.

Set goals that are realistic and achievable for you. When it comes to goal setting, think S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely). Unrealistic goals will only set you up for disappointment and you can get easily demotivated.

6. When away, use hotel gyms.

There are times when you may have to travel to different locations for work related purposes. Consider using the hotel gym or doing an indoor workout. Almost every hotel has a gym and they may not be the best when compared to a commercial gym but it is quite handy for those few days. Besides that, there are plenty of effective indoor workouts that would take only about 30 minutes of your time.

7. Prioritize over the weekends.

Weekends are the best time to fit in a workout. You wont be required to sacrifice your time with friends and family for a workout would only take up an hour of your time. When the weekdays look tough, ensure you maximize your use of the weekends.

Don't forget to drink plenty of water and get enough sleep to make sure you are well rested before you hustle and grind the next day.

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