When life starts getting crazy, it’s usually your workout that gets pushed aside. However, going to the gym is one thing that should permanently be on your weekly schedule. Here are some ways for you to make sure working out doesn’t suffer during a time crunch:

Set a specific time- and commit: It’s easy to forget to workout. You have a crazy day and then you’re tired and ready for sleep. Set specific times each week for going to the gym or health club. Use alarms, post-it notes or other reminder method to help you commit to working out. By prioritizing your workout high on your “to do list” you’ll fit other commitments around your gym time instead of letting it fill up with last minute emergencies.

Get a workout buddy: Whether it’s a spouse, friend or someone you meet at the gym, having a workout buddy is a great way for them to help you make time for exercise. It’s easier to keep a Stair Climber than a friend waiting at the gym! Your workout buddy can motivate you and help push you out the door.

Use a Variety of Equipment: using a variety of equipment is essential for even development, coordination and continued progress, but it also makes working out interesting and fun. Additionally, muscle confusion, which results from using different equipment, is equally important to avoid plateaus.

Find a convenient gym: The best of intentions can be sidetracked by traffic, bad road conditions or just a long drive to the gym. Find a gym that’s close to your home, school and/or work so that getting there will be one less excuse. Future Fitness has seven convenient locations in Mt. Laurel, two in Cherry Hill, Turnersville, Berlin, Mullica Hill and Medford.

It’s a great stress reliever: Working out is good for mind as well as your body. The fitness center is a great place to reduce stress. Some people take out their stress actively with free weights, the treadmill or a Spinning class. Others like to release tension with Yoga or Pilates classes. Either way, you can leave you stress at the gym.

Exercise should not feel like a chore or something done infrequently. Review your priorities and set aside time each week to improve your physical and mental health at the same time. Sign up for a FREE 2 week pass!