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Finding time to work out: effective time management

Jessica, your day is packed full of appointments and tasks. You’re a professional athlete, mother, and head of a big company. How do you still manage to work out?

“I only find time in the mornings. I get up earlier than the rest of my family, by about 20 to 30 minutes. Then I have enough time and peace to work out. If that doesn’t go to plan, my son does my workout with me. He has fun joining in and finds it amusing.”

Do you have a practical day-to-day life hack?

“I lay out my fitness gear the night before – so that I literally trip over it when I get up. Then I have no excuse!”

How strict are you with yourself?

“The intensity of my workouts varies depending on the day ahead of me. Sometimes they’re more intense, while other times I only do a mini workout. But even if I only manage to fit five to ten minutes of exercise into my day, that’s great too – even little things push me forward. The main thing is that I’m exercising at all!”

What is your number one tip for effective time management?

“You need to learn to prioritise. I really try to put 100% into everything I do. For example, when I’m riding, I leave my phone behind. Or if I’m with my son, my phone stays out of reach. I set myself time frames for everything that needs to be done. In the mornings, I’m an athlete, and in the afternoons, I’m Mum. My motto is: “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.”

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