Trying to cram workouts in and around a busy lifestyle but just can’t find the time? Whilst some things can’t be avoided, a lot can be said for good diary management.

nick hind trainerAt the start of each week, take a look at your schedule. It’s time to stop looking at your workout as ‘leisure time’ and start treating it like an integral part to the structure of your day. If you’re serious about getting in shape, then exercise should become just as important as anything else in your life. Set aside ample time each day to exercise, and record it in your diary. Nothing planned between 18:00 and 20:00 on Wednesday for example? Perfect, you’re going to work out and nothing is going to get in the way. You wouldn’t sack off a meeting with your boss because you had to pick up a few things from the store, so show the gym that same respect (a dumbbell or a treadmill may not be able to fire you, but they will still kick your ass if you miss an appointment).

Try to leave yourself at least two hours between the time you enter the gym and the time you leave. This will give you more than enough time to work out, shower and fuel up afterwards. Anything left, well that’s just gravy.

Tweet your questions and challenges to @NickHindPT #DapperFit. Each of you should consult your physician before beginning any exercise or lifestyle change.