If your workdays consist of 12 or more hours, then you most likely don’t have enough time for workouts no matter how you spin things. However, don’t give up! You can get by with 15-minute mini-workouts during the week, and become a “weekend warrior”. What you lack in quantity will have to be made up in quality, so you should plan a intense routine for your days off!
Set Reachable Goals
If you keep getting interrupted by life’s issues, it’s a given that you probably won’t reach your health and fitness goals. There will always be family emergencies, weekends that you’ll have to take work home with you, and family and social activities that take precedence over workouts. Be realistic that you life is always going to be hectic, and there may be weekends that you’ll have to skip working out altogether. However, if you’re flexible, the workouts you’re able to complete will be stress-free and enjoyable.
If you dedicate your time to two intense back-to-back workouts on the weekend, you should be able to reach and maintain your fitness goals. Mornings are most likely the ideal time. This way, if unexpected things come up during the day, at least your workout is out of the way and you can face challenges head on.
Also consider your nutrition and eating habits over the entirety of the week. Be sure to continue to eat a balanced, healthy diet consisting of whole grains, vegetables and fruit, and lean protein every day, not just your allotted workout days. Drink plenty of water all week long and be sure to stay hydrated during your workouts.
Since these two workouts are the only ones that you’ll be doing for the week, make them count! Work as hard as your body allows you to. If you want to do something active with your family, you’ll have the wonderful combination of family fun and a solid workout.
Above all? Preparation + flexibility will make your life much easier if you are in a situation like this. Preparation will save you time, and a flexible mindset will reduce stress and allow you to make the most of what you have!