Having been out of corporate America for the past six months, I’ve noticed how difficult it has been to keep a schedule, especially revolving around fitness. As a freelancer and Pilates instructor, people seem to think I have all the time in the world to workout, but in reality the day goes by so much faster than I ever imagined.

I have picked up some tips along the way that have helped me keep my fitness in the forefront of my mind when I am driving to several studios and working on multiple projects. I hope that these little tips can help you as well.

Establish a routine

This one is a big “duh” and one that freelancers are all too familiar with, but it’s hard to actually commit to. When I was laid off from a full time job, I really thought I would suddenly get in great shape because of all the time I had available. I had to learn to establish a routine that worked for myself.

On Mondays, I teach at 5pm, so I always take a Pilates class from another instructor at 3:30. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I go for a jog with my pup. Wednesday nights is another Pilates class as well as Saturday mornings right after I finish teaching. On occasion, if I only have one client in a group class, I will work out with them too, but this is too sporadic.

Write your workouts into your calendar each week as a non negotiable appointment. Whether you just run away from your house for 15 minutes and run back, or hit the gym for 90 minutes, make it consistent. If you scheduled a dentist appointment, chances are you won’t miss it, so treat your well-being the same.

Use fitness apps

As a Pilates instructor, I absolutely LOVE Pilates Anytime. They should really make me an ambassador. :). I can use this app and get a mat workout or any equipment I want. Sometimes I arrive at the studio an hour before I teach and just use my app to guide me through a workout. It also gives me great ideas for my own classes because I am constantly trying to learn and grow.

There are plenty of other apps on the market that offer yoga and weightlifting options if Pilates isn’t your cup of tea.

Another app I love is ClassPass. If you’re looking for variety in your workout program, this gives you access to hundreds of classes in your area (not offered everywhere yet) so you can try all kinds of new workouts! Some studios only offer certain non-peak classes in the middle of the day which is when our flexible schedules come in handy!

Break it up

If you can’t commit to a whole hour each day to workout, just break it up in chunks. An app I like is Pomodoro Timer. I program my work into 55 minute blocks with a 15 minute break.

Use the 15 minute break to jog a few laps around the block, do sit ups, maybe your favorite sun salutation or a couple burpees. It is sometimes easier to find 15 minutes than an hour at a time.

Pilates (shameless plug) is great for everyone, especially those that sit a lot of the day. You can do some exercises to improve your posture during these 15 minute breaks you take, and trust me, your body will thank you for it.

Nutrition

Make sure you’re keeping healthy snacks on hand wherever you are working. It’s so easy to eat unhealthy when you work from home or on the go. I have found it much more difficult to balance this as a freelancer, although now I spend much more time at home than I ever did when I worked in an office. One of my favorite go-to snacks is a banana and Wild Friends Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter. And it’s as delicious as it sounds!

Hopefully these tips will help you find a little more balance in your lives. As freelancers, we have a lot more freedom and control over our day to day, but can tend to put our clients needs before our own. Making a little time to put yourself first will make you a more capable (and sane) person, and will make your life a little more enjoyable!

Do you have any freelancer fitness tips? Leave them in the comments below!