How To: Make Time For Exercise and Nutrition

How to prioritise health, organise your schedule, and get things done.

Almost everyone knows what to do to get fitter and healthier. (For most people it starts with: Move more and eat fewer processed foods.) But when life’s already full, how can you expect to actually do those things? 

You just finished drop-off, are running late for work, and know your day is packed with meetings. Thinking ahead to dinner, you’re wondering how you’ll manage anything more involved than ordering a pizza on your takeout app.

And when the kids are finally fed and in bed? You just want to put your feet up and veg out in front of the TV or get stuck in a good book.

Most days, it seems like you’re meeting basic needs — work, food, clothes, a not-filthy home — by the skin of your teeth. How are you supposed to find eight hours to sleep, never mind an hour for working out plus 10 minutes to chop veggies?!

If you’ve been wanting to eat better and exercise for a long time but life feels like an endless conveyor belt of busyness, and you can’t get off, we get it.

Many of the clients we work with are busy mums & dads, overworked professionals, single parents, students working multiple jobs, caregivers to aging parents — sometimes all of the above.

Heck, many of us are in the same boat, which means we’re no strangers to busy clients and busy lifestyles. The good news? We’ve found a system for helping folks prioritise health, organise their schedules, and get things done.

  1. Start with asking yourself ‘WHY’:

    Understanding exactly why you want to eat better and exercise more gives you more motivation to prioritise it over other things.

  2. Identify your top priorities:

    What is most important to you, what are your big rocks that you cannot live without? What are things that perhaps you enjoy but could spend less time on?

  3. Keep a time diary:

    Your schedule reflects how you are prioritising the activities in your life. Track daily actions for a couple of weeks to find out if it is consistent with your goals and values.

  4. Increase health and fitness activities in 15 minute increments:

    Start to better align your time with what you would like to accomplish, replace low value activities with high value ones, little by little.

  5. Create systems that make meal prep easier and faster:

    With a little extra time up front you can create an environment that significantly reduces the time needed to eat well and move more.

    – Keep whole fresh foods in plain sight
    – Reduce or eliminate ‘treat foods’
    – Establish a morning routine, chop veggies or get things out for dinner.
    – Sign up for a healthy meal delivery service.
    – Keep berries and greens in the freezer ready for smoothies.
    – Keep a gym bag packed in the car
    – Put your gym clothes on or have out ready
    – Meet friends outside or for exercise

  6. Put meal prep into the calendar:

    If we all waited until we felt like it, lots of important things wouldn’t get done. Schedule it in, and stick to it.

  7. Review at the end of the week:

    What worked well, and what didn’t perhaps? How can you do a little more of what went well? How can you celebrate!

    If it didn’t work well, could you shrink the task to make it easier? Perhaps it was a blip and you are ok with that. Plan ahead ready for a more successful week. Maybe it is time to invest in a little more help & guidance.

Want Help Becoming The Healthiest, Fittest, Strongest Version Of You?

Most people know that regular movement, eating well, sleep, and stress management are important for looking and feeling better. Yet they need help applying that knowledge in the context of their busy, sometimes stressful lives.

That’s why we work closely with our Nutrition Coaching clients to help them lose fat, get stronger, and improve their health… no matter what challenges they’re dealing with.

If you’re ready to change your body, and your life, with help from some of the country’s best coaches, this is your chance.Post navigation