Tips for Morning, Afternoon and Evening Workouts.
It can be difficult to fit exercising into your busy schedule, we’ve come up with some tips to help your workout plans at different times in the day; early in the morning before work, in the afternoon during your lunch break, and in the evening after work.
It may be hard getting out of bed even earlier than you need to before work, especially on a Monday. Having a morning routine will help you achieve your workout goals – and in turn make you more motivated to keep going! Working out in the morning is also a great way to increase your energy levels before you get to work, so you’re ready to start the day. Here’s a few tips if you want to fit your workout into your morning routine:
- Have your exercise routine planned already – if you already know what you’re doing, you’ll be ready to go and get it done without wasting any time.
- Make sure you have everything you need prepped the night before – this will give you much more time in the morning. To make it even easier, place your workout clothes ready to put straight on and anything else by the door for you to grab quickly when you leave.
- Get to bed early – If you wake up feeling well rested, you’re much more likely to feel ready to get up and workout.
- Plan some tasty before and after workout snacks – prepare these the night before and put them in your gym bag or by the door ready for you to take on your way out.
- Make sure you’re hydrated – when you’re asleep, you go quite a long time without drinking anything so you’ll start to dehydrate. Next to your workout clothes place a bottle of water to remind yourself to drink something when you wake up, then you’ll feel fresh and ready to go.
This time of day is a little more difficult as you’ve already done half a day of work so your energy levels have decreased. If you’ve been working hard your lunch break may be your time to relax for a short while, but it’s also a great time to fit in a workout if you don’t have time in the morning, or have lost even more energy and motivation by the end of the day. Here’s some tips for fitting in a workout during your lunch hour:
- Find a gym that provides shorter classes – many gyms will understand how busy working people can be so they may provide shorter classes that are perfect for your lunch break.
- Plan and prepare a healthy lunch – take a tasty lunch to work with you, it will be ready to eat after your workout and you wont need to spend your time buying something to eat. Taking your own lunch is also a good way to avoid unhealthy options. Remember to include a pre-workout snack too for some extra energy.
- Power-walk or jog to the gym – If the gym is close to your office you can start your workout and warm up by power-walking there, if it’s a bit further away you could cycle there rather than driving.
- Skip the more intense workouts – If you want a longer workout and don’t have time for a shower before getting back to work, perhaps go for something less intense such as yoga, this will add in some relaxation too if you’ve had a busy morning and you want to go back to work looking as refreshed as you feel.
- If all else fails, you can just start a workout in your office – find some workout buddies and start your own class either in your office or just outside where there’s more space, this will save you time and working out with friends can be much more motivating.
If you’d rather spend your lunch hour relaxing after a difficult morning of work, then the only time left for your workout is the evening, or straight after work. Straight from work may be the best option, if you go home to eat and sit down to relax for a bit, you may not want to get up again.
- Use your journey to the gym after work to re-charge your energy and warm-up before your workout – power-walk, jog, or cycle to the gym.
- Plan your evening meal and your workout together – If you go home to eat before your workout, make sure to leave around 2 hours after eating before you start exercising, if you’re going straight after work, take a healthy pre-workout snack.
- Prep your meals – after working out you might not feel like cooking when you get home as you’ve had a busy day, if your healthy post-workout meal is already prepped and ready to cook if will save you some time and energy.
- Get ready before you leave workout – If you change into your workout clothes before you get to the gym, and warm-up on the way there, when you get there you’ll be ready to get your workout done, and have more time to relax when you get home.
- Stay hydrated – make sure you’ve been drinking water throughout your day in the office, this way you’ll still have energy left for your workout after work.
We hope these tips are useful for fitting a workout into your busy schedules! If you need a source of healthy pre and post workout snacks, find out more about The Nutribox here.