"I'm just so busy!" "There aren't enough hours in the day!" "It's impossible to balance it all!" We've all heard and we all have our own reasons for not working out. And I'm not saying it's not a challenge sometimes to get it done, but I am saying that it can be done, if you make working out a priority. In my career, I have workdays that can start before dawn, and workdays that can stretch over 36 hours, but that doesn't give me an excuse to skip the gym. First and foremost, maintaining my workouts gives me the energy to get through those long days. Also, I work in television, so it's definitely in my best interest to stay in shape! So when I'm running in a thousand different directions at once, there are some things that help me fit fitness into my busy schedule.
First, there is usually always a packed gym bag in my car. When I'm not sure when I'll be able to work out, I want to be prepared to go at a moment's notice. It's always easier for me to go to the gym straight from work while I'm still motivated to do it. Usually, if I make it to my house, I'm probably going to stay there! I keep wipes in my bag to wash off makeup, hair ties/scarf/etc., and my ipod so I'm always ready to go when I get the chance. I also invested in a treadmill for my home as well. It may seem like a huge expense, and I know everyone won't be able to do this, but it definitely gives me the flexibility to get a quick 30 minutes in literally whenever I need to. I got mine off of Ebay, so that is a great way to find less expensive options. Craigslist is good too. But even if you can't afford gym-quality equipment, a couple of 5 lb. dumbbells and a Billy Blanks dvd go a long way as well! Finally, I work out wherever I am. One of the studios where I freelance has a large landscaped campus that is about a half-mile around the facility. If I get a break, I take a walk if possible. A few times around the building and I've done a pretty decent cardio workout.
The bottom line is, if your life is so jam packed that you can't carve out 30-60 minutes for yourself a day, there is some serious self-examination that needs to get done. You should be your top priority, and your health is the most important part of that. Once I truly understood that, fitting in fitness wasn't a problem. It keeps me healthy so I can maintain my crazy schedule, and I get to look fabulous too!
Stephanie Humphrey is an Engineer turn Television Personality, Model and Entreprenuer. You can find her weekdays modeling on QVC Shopping Network or interviewing celebrities for Rollingout.com. Contact Info: www.stephaniehumphrey.