You’ve Got to MAKE Time for Strength and Conditioning

14 Nov

“I don’t/didn’t have time.”  As a Strength and Conditioning Specialist who works with hundreds of athletes/clients, I hear that frequently.  Oddly, I rarely hear it from my goal-oriented, high achievers.  It’s one thing to know what needs to be done; it’s another thing to do it.

Here’s the key:  You can’t wait until you “have” time, and/or conditions are “perfect.”  There are going to be days when your schedule is hectic and/or you don’t feel like working out.  If it’s important, you’ve got to make time.  Here are some tips:

  • Rise and shine.  Early AM workouts are a great way to start your day.
  • Workout with a buddy or group.  This strategy is motivating and keeps you accountable.
  • Cut out distractions.  Scale back the time you spend on your cell phone, computer, social media, and television.
  • Make it a priority.  Schedule exercise into your day/week as you would any other appointment.
  • Use time wisely.  Be efficient, and focus on quality over quantity.  Even an abbreviated workout is better than none.
  • Break it up.  If you don’t have time for a complete workout, try scheduling shorter intervals throughout the day.
  • Add some variety.  Try different workouts, like cardio or yoga.
  • Chart your progress.  Keep an exercise journal.
  • Be realistic, but challenge yourself.
  • Get help from a qualified, experienced Strength and Conditioning Professional.

Write down your goals and revisit them often.  Refocus on your priorities and stay motivated.


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