Time Management for your Fitness

| May 8, 2014 | 9 Comments

Time management for fitnessIt’s another great start to the day.  Your coffee is brewed, your clothes are spotless, the kids are out the door and you’re off to work.  The boss has a great lineup of horrible meetings to take up all your time during the day essentially increasing your daily workload to astronomical proportions increasing your stress level to the same and you have to pick up the kids and get them to soccer and piano lessons by 3:30pm.  Oh and let’s not even think about dinner.

Let’s face it we’re all busy.  Trying to fit a workout into your day between the cooking meals, taking care of the kids, the job, and running around here and there is downright impossible.  Or so it seems…

To take care of this problem, we need to investigate your time management skills.

Too Much To Do

Now we all have too much to do.  In our daily lives it’s hard enough with the job, the work, and all the other stuff that comes down the pike from the family.  But we have goals.  Goals that we want to look better, feel better, have more energy and still be able to go on that hike up Everest one day.  Okay, well maybe not Everest, but you get the idea.


What you need to do is set yourself up for success initially by becoming the person who can accomplish these personal goals you have for yourself.  Ask yourself, how do I get into the best shape of my life?

Most importantly, what type of person do I need to become in order to get to these goals.  That’s the big one.  Set yourself up as that person who would most likely succeed in accomplishing your goals and become that person.  See yourself as the type of person who can easily get to your goal and be that person.

Be the ball Danny, be the ball!

Plan, Plan, Plan

Now that you’ve set your mind right on the type of person you need to be in order to accomplish your goals it’s time to plan.  I know, I know it’s a dirty word and it sounds just all to time consuming, but believe it or not if you don’t make a plan, you’re planning to fail.  There’s a good reason why in the military we always plan out every operation in detail (and I do mean detail here people, down to how many socks you’re going to need for a twelve day trek into the void).  It matters.

Think about things like this.  Can I go at it alone?  Do I need a partner, trainer or coach?  What are the steps?  What are my obstacles?  How can I get there in the least amount of time possible?

Once you’ve answered these questions write them down in sequence and then start building them into your life.  Remember to start small and build upon those initial steps.  Also make room for errors or setbacks, because as they say, progress takes time.

Share the Love

Next we need to work this plan you’ve developed into your daily life.  Now if you’ve considered the restraints on your time, now it’s time to start cutting the fat.  What in your life can you live without?  What can you task out to someone else?  There are any number of things on our daily timelines, but without a doubt there’s at least 30-60 minutes out of your day that you can start trimming away at the excess.

Think about the times you spend looking absent mindedly on the web, surfing Facebook or watching television shows.  These times can often be replaced very easily with an effective workout.

And I’m not out to deprive you of your favorite episodes of I Love Your Mother or NCIS, however, in this vast technological age you can download or save these for later.  Try Saturday night when you’re at home bored with nothing good to do.  There’s nothing on the local networks at that time anyway.  All I’m talking about is displacing their time for more important matters at hand.

Do this with as many things as you can. Either abolish them completely or shift them to a timeframe that you control.  That way it makes more time for you to get your daily grind on!

Oh and don’t be afraid to hand off some of those daily household chores to other members of the household.  Happy spouse equals happy life!  Mostly on the male side for that one, but I digress.

Make the Time

The next stage is all about making the time and taking baby steps toward your goal.  Start slowly and build up to a good hour everyday of exercise or working towards your fitness goals.  Schedule your workout in accordance with your goals, just as you would a doctors appointment.  If you don’t make the time, someone else will surely find a way to occupy that extra free time for you.

In the end it’s all up to how bad you want it.  There’s always enough time in the day as long as you plan for it.  Just remember you must have a plan, cut out the fat from your day, share the love with others and make the time for yourself.  Be the ball Danny, be the ball!


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Jess Howland is a Veteran US Army Captain serving as Master of Youth Awesomeness and Strength Coach for Hostyle Conditioning in Orleans, ON. Jess holds a BS degree in Exercise Science from Oregon State University, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), among other training and nutritional certifications. A simple country boy turned lifetime fitness enthusiast and passionate trainer, who inspires everyone he meets to be involved in fitness, strength training and optimal nutrition in support of his personal motto Be Strong, Be Fast, and Be Resilient. Known for his high intensity, hybrid programs and never ending pursuit of fitness endeavors his former colleagues call him by his nickname CAPTAIN SMASH (CPT SMASH) or just SMASH. Jess coaches a wide variety of people as he believes in Hostyle Conditioning’s mission of transforming the ordinary lives of men and women into leading extraordinary lives that are improved through a blend of hybrid strength training and dynamic cardio conditioning. Jess has established himself as a lead trainer in Youth Strength and Conditioning, as well as specialty programming for special populations as military, police/firefighter, nurses and strength sport competitors. As a professional coach, Jess loves what he does to provide purpose, direction and motivation to those who feel that they need help in getting to from A (current fitness level) to B (goal fitness level).

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  1. Brenda A says:

    Oh the time management. As a stay at home mom, many think I have all the time in the world! Not so! Trying to carve out the time to commit to an exercise program is very challenging when I am tired already. This summer I plan on taking better advantage of our outside park time to exercise while the kids play. That is my goal!

  2. Jess Howland says:

    Yes, in starting Fit Mommy Bootcamp here at Hostyle Conditioning, my mom’s are always pressed for time. They’re so busy that scheduling an hour out of their day is somewhat of a stretch, but the key is just making the time.

    Trust me, you can find tons of things to do everyday to keep you busy 24/7, but eventually you’ll run out of juice. Adding that daily dose of exercise, regardless of it being 15-30 minutes is going to make the difference in helping you get more energy. Especially when you’re tired.


  3. JaimeeM says:

    Planning a time to work out isnt too hard for me, but planning just how long and how long on every machine? Yeah, thats definitely trouble for me. I need to invest in a watch I think… haha

  4. Janet says:

    I’ve been getting up at 5:30 to exercise before the kids get up. It feels great, but I just have to find something so that I can better convince myself on days where I’d rather sleep longer. Elliptical isn’t always enticing.

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    I think asking myself what type of person do I need to become to meet my goals has been an effective strategy for me. Getting myself out for a run or to the gym was really prompted by me thinking of myself as a runner or as a person who prioritzed fitness rather than asking myself if I felt like exercising today.

  6. Suzie M says:

    Lots of good ideas & as it says you truly have to want to do it

  7. kathy downey says:

    Thanks I really enjoyed the read,lots of great ideas

  8. kathy downey says:

    Planning a time to work out is hard,always seems to be something else to do

  9. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the great ideas,I have passed to my friend whos having problems getting everything done in a day !

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