Juggling fitness and work

IMG_8964I thought that once I went freelance it would be easier to fit workouts into my daily life. I’m nearer the gym, it’s fine to sit at home a bit sweaty after a workout and my schedule isn’t always 9-5.

However, now that I only get paid for the time I work, it’s not as simple as just swanning off to the gym when I feel like it. I have to get everything done before I can even think about working out what to wear.

I have to think about how long I can take out of my day to gather my things, get changed, head to the gym, work out for 1-2 hours, go home, have a shower. That’s a huge portion of the day. I think I’ve got my head around it now, though, so here are a few tips for juggling fitness and work.

Early in the morning

Get up an hour early and go for a 30 minute jog. It sets you up for the day and you can do it in the area around your home. If you’re not one to go out running then perhaps do a workout video. The Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred is amazing and just 30 minutes. If you want something a bit more challenging then go for the Insanity workout. It’s…. insane.

I normally get up at 7:30 (ish) but I find that if I get up at 6am, run three miles, shower and then get straight to work, I’m much more productive throughout the day.

Lunchtime quickie

You don’t need hours out of your day to get some fitness in. There are studios that offer 30 minute classes, if you’ve got one nearby then you should take full advantage of this.


If you don’t want to get too sweaty at lunchtime then perhaps just go for a walk around the block. It beats sitting at your desk, staring at your computer and eating a sandwich.

Don’t make excuses

  • “I don’t have time to get to the gym.”
  • “I don’t want to be sweaty at work.”
  • “There’s no personal trainers near me.”
  • “I can’t find any classes I want to go to.”
  • “I know I need to workout but I can’t find the time.”

I’ve heard all of these numerous times, I’ve even made them, but now I have quick answers for every single one of them. If you don’t have time to go to the gym during the week, go at the weekends, or in the morning. A one hour workout is 4% of your day, just get up earlier or watch less televisions in the evenings.

I think you’d be hard pressed to find a gym that doesn’t have showers. If you don’t have time to shower just pile on theĀ deodorantĀ and change into clean clothes. You’ll smell fine.

That’s a lie. What about personal trainers that will come to you?

Then don’t go to a class. Go for a jog around the park.

Watch less TV, get up earlier. Stop being lazy, stop making excuses.

Watch this video, it’ll make you think hard about the next time you use any of those excused.


Try and find the most convenient form of exercise you can. If you enjoy it, even better. Perhaps go for a personal trainer like those at Moose X-Training. They come to you. Wherever you are, whenever you want. They’re single-handedly giving you no excuse to not workout.


Set yourself little challenges and goals that will keep you motivated. If you’re working towards a race or a certain body fat percentage then you’ll know that you’ll need to keep your fitness up. It’s much easier to make time for something when you know you have to do it.

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