We’ve all heard it!

I don’t want to work out during lunch because I’ll be all sweaty for the rest of the day.
I can’t work out before or after work because I’ll be tired.
I’m too busy to fit in a work out. There’s not enough time in the day.

Being new to the working world (Monday to Friday, 8 hours a day), I mistakenly fell into this trap.

I stopped working out altogether. Out of my 4 months at co-op, I think I visited the gym maybe 5 times or so. 5 times out of ~120 days? Err.. not a good ratio.

I put all of my energy into work that I forgot to prioritize working out. In the back of my mind, I KNEW something was amiss but I didn’t make the move to change it. Therefore, I suffered the consequences of feeling more tired, groggy, and fat. (Yes, I gained weight! I think approx. 5 pounds… *gasp*)

The only “workouts” I got were using stairs instead of escalators at skytrain stations and malls and walking to the skytrain from my house sometimes (17 minute walks). These mini work outs were better than nothing, but were not making a large impact on my health.

Instead of using my evenings to exercise, I spent them attending networking events, social gatherings, or resting at home. Although meeting people and socializing are all good things, something that I need in my life was balance. Adjusting to a new lifestyle was hard, but now with time to reflect during the winter break, I have decided that it IS possible to add some exercise into my schedule.

Something I discovered today was working out AT HOME. I was forced upon this choice because the rec centre was closed today due to Christmas, so I searched up something fun to do and went for it. Surprisingly, I had a great work out and ended up sweating like a pig (sweat = success!) and would highly recommend this method if you are in a time crunch!

At Home Work Out Videos

What You Need:

  • Space to work out
  • A laptop or TV
  • Good speakers to hear the instructions/music
  • Video or YouTube link
  • Work out attire and good shoes
  • and… SOME MOTIVATION!

Duration: 30 min – 1 hour (depends on what type of work out you want to do)

Pros:

  • You don’t have to worry about messing up the routine – nobody is there to judge you! You can freely go all out and it will feel GREAT.
  • There is little to none commute time! Very convenient to finish the work out and shower right away.

Cons: 

  • There is nobody correcting what you are doing wrong. You may hurt yourself, but following a video isn’t too bad, so go try it out anyway!
  • You are only doing yourself wrong if you you choose to “rest” while the work out video is playing. Make sure to follow the video!!


This was the video I watched.

Today was the first day that I tried out this method. I chose to follow a 30-minute kick boxing work out video on YouTube. It was led by an ordinary group fitness instructor which I liked because I love attending the drop-in classes at my local recreation centre. 30 minutes of cardio went by in a breeze and I had fun doing it! I can’t believe I didn’t discover this earlier. Oh well… you gotta learn from your mistakes!

There is always time in the day for a work out. It’s just up to you what you choose to prioritize. It’s not the end of the world if you miss a work out because of a long day, but it’s up to you what you choose to sacrifice in the long run! Good luck!!

If you have any tips and suggestions to add work out time into your full-time work schedule, please share your secrets below. I would appreciate it a lot! 

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