We all keep different schedules and have varying demands but making fitness a priority is important for your wellbeing. Setting a regular time for fitness is the first step in making sure it becomes an ongoing habit, therefore easy to fit into your life.
Here are six questions to ask yourself when planning your gym commitments.
1. Are you a morning person?
If the answer is yes, then this is an optimal time to train. Getting your workout done early will make you feel great and set the tone for the rest of the day. Try scheduling at least three mornings a week where your workout is built into your day. It might be first thing before work, after you drop kids to school or when your partner goes to work, depending on your lifestyle.
2. Do you like classes?
If you enjoy attending fitness classes, then the timetable is your best friend. Check what times you can attend and mark them on your calendar so you can arrange other commitments around them. If there isn’t a fitness class on at a time that suits you, consider getting a couple of friends together and booking a regular group personal training session.
3. Is your work flexible, or do you work shifts?
If the hours you work are flexible, then try deciding on a regular time of day that suits you. You’ll have the advantage of being able to choose a quieter time at the gym, such as later morning or early afternoons. If you work shifts, it might be more challenging to choose a regular time but try aligning the gym trips with your routine, such as before you start your shift.
4. Are you a nightowl?
If you feel energised in the evening hours, this could be a great time for you to train. Perhaps you finish work later and pop in before you head home, or maybe you come down after the kids go to bed. Sharks Fitness Centre has 24-hour access so anytime is a good time.
5. Do you have children?
If you have young children in your care, you can take advantage of our affordable onsite creche. If your children are older, try coming when they are at school if you have days off, or align your workout with their footy training or dance class. You might also arrange a weekly catch up with a relative, or tag team childminding with another gym-going friend.
6. Are you likely to ditch your fitness commitment for a coffee date?
Be honest! If the answer is yes, then try this. Find a friend to regularly attend the gym with you and make it double as a social occasion. Maybe you have a chat while on the treadmill, or perhaps you meet for a coffee in the Sharks café afterwards.
However you fit fitness into your life, know that you’ve made an excellent decision for your your health and enjoy looking and feeling your best.
If you are unsure where to start with your fitness goals, visit the friendly and experienced staff at Sharks Health and Fitness Centre. We have plenty of group fitness classes, as well as experienced personal trainers to push you towards your goals.