Making Time for Exercise: 3 Simple Strategies
Making time for exercise isn’t always easy, especially if your life is already crammed full of other obligations and activities. However, there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to easily fit in enough exercise. Try these for starters:
Making Time for Exercise Strategy #1: Eliminate unnecessary activities.
How much time do you spend flopped on the sofa, watching mindless television shows? Okay, maybe you have a few shows that are your absolute favorites and you don’t want to give those up. You don’t have to. Simply walk away from the television when boring re-runs are on. Or, you can even do some simple calisthenics while watching those boring re-runs! Stand up and march in place, do jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups.
Making Time for Exercise Strategy #2: Get up earlier or go to bed later.
You really only need 30 minutes of exercise each day to help with weight loss and maintain good health. Squeeze in that half hour of physical activity early in the morning, or in the evening when your family is in bed. Morning exercise may be a better choice, especially if you may have trouble sleeping after an evening workout.
Making Time for Exercise Strategy #3: Squeeze it in during downtime.
Do you have a lull during any part of your day? Perhaps after the kids get home from school but before you take them to extracurricular activities? Whenever you have periods of lag time between activities and chores, you can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise. Even if you exercised for 10 minutes, three times a day, that’s 30 minutes.
Making time for exercise may be challenging, but it gets a lot easier if you use the time you have more efficiently. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. The difference between fit people and unfit people is how they use those 24 hours.