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8 Ways to Find Time To Exercise on the BUSIEST Schedule

Good morning people!

Hopefully your day is going well. I’m working away and have a bunch of stuff to do with not much time in between. It got me thinking about busy days and how to find time to get exercise in.

One of the biggest excuses I hear from people about why they don’t exercise is that they just don’t have time. There are very few cases where that is ACTUALLY true. For the most part, there is a way to find time. It just takes some creativity…


1. Get up an hour earlier. You can get a great workout in as little as 15-20 minutes (I save every workout I do and have hundreds that take just 15-20 min). Getting up an hour earlier will allow you to get an at-home workout in and still shower and get ready for your day.


2. Get off Facebook and Social Media. We easily waste at least 30 minutes a day on social media. That time could be used to get a workout in. Less tweeting, more sweating!


3. On Kid duty? Involve them in your workout. Take them to a park and play tag, set up an obstacle course for them to do while you’re doing your workout next to them, or use them as your weights. 2 year olds make a really good replacement for a medicine ball. 🙂


4. Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, meet them at the gym or at a park and workout together. I would say 75% of the time I’m hanging out with my friends, we meet up for a workout. It gives us a chance to catch up and get our fitness on all at the same time.


5. Schedule it into your day. It is extremely easy to let the day get away from you. If you make an appointment for your workout, it’s much easier to plan your day around it and make sure you get it in. We somehow find ways to get doctor appointments, pedicures, etc. into our day, so we can surely get a workout in if we plan for it. WORKOUT schedule BLANK

6. Plan your workouts for the week based on your busiest days. If you know that Mondays are super crazy for you at work, maybe that isn’t one of the days that you schedule a workout. Schedule them for the days that you’re more likely to be able to stick to that appointment. Don’t set yourself up for failure, make it as easy as possible to stick to your plan.


7. Meal prep on Sunday so that you don’t have to take a lot of time putting together dinners each night (thus creating space in your schedule for a workout). Chop your veggies, cook up some chicken, beef, or other meat. Steam some rice. Prep whatever you’re able to prep in order to make putting your dinners together much easier.

8. Use your lunch break to workout, and bring your lunch to work. Most people get about an hour lunch break. Take 30 minutes of that to workout, and the other 30 minutes to clean up and look presentable to get back to work. I highly suggest getting some Shower Pill body wipes. Game changers I tell ya.


1. What is the biggest obstacle that gets in the way of your workouts?

2. Do you have any other tips for getting your workouts in on a busy schedule?


5 Tips for Productivity + Workouts for the Week

How was everyone’s Monday? Did you participate in any of my 5 Ways to Have a Great Monday?

I sure did! I got in 20 minutes on the stair-mill in the morning and a Chest/Ab workout in the evening. I also took a walk to the coffee shop midday (it was for a meeting, but it still counts!), drank coffee (x2), and got a great night of sleep Sunday night. I did NOT want to get out of bed Monday morning because I was enjoying it so much, but it definitely made a difference in my day.

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I read an article this weekend that said the way to be most productive is to work for 56 minutes and take a 17 minute break. I thought that was pretty interesting. I’m definitely going to play around with it this week and see if it helps with the amount of work I get done.

In my jobs, I am constantly being bombarded with new tasks. Running a gym AND working full time free-lance means I have to be super efficient. If I’m not, I don’t get to sleep OR don’t get everything done and it runs into the next day. I like my sleep and I don’t like letting things get pushed to the next day, so I like to think I’ve mastered productivity. Part of that comes from my natural ability to work quickly, but it also comes from being in high pressure jobs for most of my life. I’ve worked for celebrities, highly demanding CEO’s, and more. Here are my tried and true ways to get 1.5 million things done efficiently.

Fit Lizzio’s Guide To “Getting Shit Done”

1. Create a calendar. This is #1. In order to plan your projects out, you need to create deadlines for yourself. Having 1 deadline for an entire project to be finished is just simply not enough. If your deadline is in 1 week, you should have mini deadlines each day for what you need to get done in order to finish on time. Map out your project on a calendar so that you can see both your mini-deadlines, as well as your final deadline.


2. Create a task-list. This is just as important as creating a calendar. Each day, I write out my tasks that I need to get done by the end of the day. As I work through them, I check them off my list (which is oh-so-satisfying, might I add), and work my way through. If it can be pushed to the next day or to a lighter day, it gets pushed. The most important tasks are put in the forefront and I plan my week accordingly. NOTE: I also put my workouts in my task-list. Like I said, I don’t like to push things to the next day, so I figure out a way to get ’em done!

3. Hardest tasks first. Most people like to get the easy, small tasks out of the way first, but that is actually counter-productive. Your brain is sharpest early on in the day, so it is actually better to start with the tasks that require more brain power and energy. This way, by the time you’re tired and your brain sort of starts feeling like mush, you’re left with the simpler tasks to get through.

4. Focus on the task at hand. This is something I still work on myself. It’s easy to be working on a project, hear your phone ring, or have the e-mail *ding* go off and immediately meander to the latest and greatest that just came in. This is a bad habit, as you begin to distract yourself from the task at hand and can lose your train of thought much more easily. If it’s urgent and you have to step away, then do it, but make sure you come back to the initial task you were working on. If you can wing it, don’t check your phone or e-mail until you’re finished with what you’re working on. This also helps to prevent silly errors and mistakes that often happen when your attention is detracted.


5. Take breaks and breathe. I am a work binger. There are times that I sit down at the computer and 5 hours later look up to see a haze from staring at the screen for so long, not really realizing what has happened in the world in those last 5 hours. At some point, you need to get up and walk around. You need to shake your legs out, clear your head, have a snack, breathe, and then get back to work. You may not realize it while it’s happening, but being so intent with work for such a long time can actually put you into a sort of “work abyss”. You start to lose track of what actually makes sense and your work may be compromised. I’ve done it SO many times. I go through a “work binge” thinking what I have written or worked on is GOLD, only to look over it the next day wondering who the hell did it. Frequent breaks will help your soul (and work!), I promise. 🙂


Along with making big things happen this week, here’s my workout plan for the week:

Sunday: Rest

Monday: 20 Min. Stairmill + Chest/Abs Workout

Tuesday: Boxing

Wednesday: Legs

Thursday: Shoulders/Tris + Boxing

Friday: Back/Biceps

Saturday: Full Body/Crossfit style

Sunday: Hike

Questions of the Day:

1. Do you have any tips to add to being more


2. Have you ever tried work/rest intervals when it

comes to your work?