How to workout when you have “no time”

Not having enough time has become one of the biggest (and certainly the most common) excuses, for not being able to fit in a workout.

As a trainer, one of my jobs in recent years has become helping my clients and Bootcampers manage their time and work/life balance better. They then see for themselves it actually IS possible to fit quick effective workouts into their lives and daily routines. On the other hand, I have also met a lot of people who DO find the time to train, yet don’t actually make the most of it. This is often evident from a considerable lack of progress (assuming the correct clean nutrition is being applied.)

Whether you have a personal trainer or not, what are the workouts you do on your own time like? Are they as time efficient and effective as they could be? And how do you know if they are doing you any good?!

Here are my three ways to guarantee a time efficient and effective workout when there is ‘no time’:


Schedule them

Look at your weekly routine to decide the most realistic time with the least chance of distraction or disturbance. Once this is determined, treat your workouts as essential meetings with someone whom you cannot afford to cancel. If you value your health, mind and wellbeing, you will have no trouble viewing and scheduling them this way!


Set a timer

Say to yourself for this period of 20, 30 or 40 minutes, I am going to train with no distractions. Then set a timer. If you are using your phone or tablet, put them in flight mode. If you have young children, perhaps try this during nap or school time or even get someone to watch them for you.


Change the variables

Your rest time, number of reps/sets, exercises or exercise order: every workout should be slightly different. Doing this tricks your body into working harder, as it will not have a chance to get used to what you are doing!

If you attend a gym or health club, think how many people you see dawdling, reading magazines, chatting to their friends…or perhaps not even setting foot in the gym and going straight to the coffee lounge!


Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to socialise but we all want results from our workouts, right? So if your schedule is tight, try these tips and you’ll find you always have time for a workout. Happy training and have fun! Gen x