Too busy to exercise?

too busy to exercise

Squeezing exercise into a busy schedule

When you’re on a busy schedule, it can seem almost impossible to find time to exercise. You want to stay or get into shape, but just exactly when are you supposed to do it? Luckily, there are a few things you can do to squeeze exercise time in between work, family, social life, and your other responsibilities.

Just 10 minutes...

Health experts say that we should exercise at least thirty minutes every day, but what if you are too busy to find thirty minutes to exercise? If this is your biggest problem, then you should try breaking your thirty minutes up throughout the day. Do three 10-minute walks/jogs, or two 15-minute sessions. Consider walking, or even joggging to or from work, walking your kids to or from school, taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking the dog, taking a walk on your lunch break…you get the idea.

Of course, part of the problem with this strategy is that people may begin to ask if all the walking isn’t a waste of time. The kids will want to know why they have to walk now, your co-workers will want to know why you turned to the stairs while they held the lift doors open for you, and even you yourself will feel like your lunch is rushed since you are now crunching walk time in with eating time. The key here is to stay strong; explain to questioners (and yourself) that you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, and with your packed schedule, this is the best way to do it. Insist on inserting these mini-workouts into your day, and don’t let anyone convince you to do otherwise!

While walking during lunchtime isn’t exactly an example of multitasking, multitasking is a valuable skill that, when mastered, can provide more exercise time. If you know how to multitask already, put it to use, and instead of piling on more work for yourself at the end of the day, take the time to hit the gym. Or, if you normally have a relaxation time at home at the end of the day, try bringing that relaxation with you by bringing an iPod or MP3 player to your workout – you can even download audio books to listen to as you exercise so that you don’t fall behind on your reading.

Great start to the day

You don’t have to wait until the end of the day to exercise if you’re too burned out by then. If you’re more tired in the afternoon than in the morning, then treat yourself to a slightly earlier bedtime so that you can wake up earlier and exercise. Most gyms open up very early in the morning and pavements are always there for walks/runs; so if you’re a morning person, get out there! The benefit of getting your exercise in at the beginning of the day is not only knowing that you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day, but also that it gives you a great energy and mood boost!

A helping hand

If all else fails, commitment is often the clincher in a resolution to exercise. Whether you recruit a friend to join you in your pursuit, or join an exercise class that meets at a set time every day or two, making your goal bigger than yourself by adding more people to it will boost your determination and add a few motivating friends to your new exercise routine. Good luck!

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