You’ve decided to stick with your exercise plan or at least start one, but you’re having a hard time actually getting it done.  How in the world are you going to fit exercise into an already busy schedule?  Between household errands, household chores, work, school, and kids you can’t seem to find that much needed break.

The best way is to schedule it.  Sit down and map out your weekly schedule.  Anything you’re committed to deserves the effort it takes to get it done.

You are important and so is your health.  When you exercise it helps your stress levels and releases endorphins that cause you to be in a better mood.  That is a plus for everyone.

Step 1

Print off or get a weekly calendar.  You can find one here: and print it off for free.  You’ll want one that has the schedule for the time in half-hour increments. The 24-hour one is the easier to use.  You can delete the rows of hours that you don’t need.

Step 2

Sit down and go through your schedule.  Take a pen and mark the times that are not flexible.  For example, if from 8am to 5pm you are working,  that is not flexible. So label those with the appropriate commitment.  Then label commute times as well.  Also make note when you’ll be doing your personal hygiene.

When you’re doing this, you should think about regular classes that you or your children take, work, school, activities, and any other permanent and ongoing commitments.  Mark those off.

The goal for this is to label all the commitments you have during the times that you are doing them.

Then take a pencil and start putting in flex time or time that you do not have commitments.

Step 3

Now you’ve got a basic understanding of your schedule.  Look through it and find 2 to 3 times per week that you can exercise for half an hour to an hour. Or you could find short time bursts that you have free and schedule exercise in during that time.

By creating an exercise plan, you’ll be able to see where in your schedule you’ll be able to get your exercise done.  Another way to be consistent is to use an exercise journal.  This will help you know when you exercise, for how long and if you’re doing weight training, the reps that you did.

Will finding the time be easy?  Maybe not, but it is important and anything that you consider important should get the time that it requires to get it done.  By following these steps you’ll see where you can incorporate exercise into your schedule.