Make It Fit: Helpful Tips to Fit Exercise Into Your Day
By far, the most common excuse people give about skipping exercise is lack of time. Between a full-time job, soccer practice, grocery shopping, cooking for your family and laundry, the daily list of tasks can seem almost impossible to accomplish – but there are small windows of opportunity to fit exercise in. Let this be the month to focus on your fitness and find the time to work out!
Ways to Fit in Exercise
- Do a time inventory. Just like you would log your food intake, take three days and log when, how and where you spend your time. This will show you that you have more time than you think because extra time chunks are hidden throughout the day.
- Put it on the calendar. People often fail because they fail to schedule exercise into their day. Make it a point to reserve time each day to move and don’t schedule anything in its place. Another great idea is to use your lunch break to participate in a lunchtime walking club.
- Wake up earlier. Research shows that exercise in the morning gets the blood pumping, endorphins flowing and your mind ready to tackle the day. Exercising first thing in the morning is best because other appointments in the day can get in the way of your scheduled time to exercise.
- Commit your commute. Parking in the furthest spot in the lot, walking or riding your bike to work or getting off the bus a few stops early are great ways to make the most of your commute.
- Fill your empty time pockets. Don’t forget that you can move anytime, anywhere. For example, do calf raises in line at the grocery store, especially when the line is long!
- Take flight. The choice is yours, so flight it. Take the stairs whenever you can!
- Get the family involved. Take walks together, ride bikes, play catch, rollerblade. Quality family time is just as important as your workouts and it’s a way to do both while instilling these values in your children and spouse.
- Be active while watching TV. Walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike is much more fun when you watch TV. Also, stretching takes little thought while enjoying your favorite show and there is nothing wrong with bouts of exercise during the commercial breaks. This is the perfect amount of time to get in a few sets of squats, lunges or pushups.
- Everything doesn’t have to be perfect. Accepting that the dishes and laundry can wait an extra 30 minutes or that the floor can stand to be swept the next day can be life-changing. And if chores just can’t wait, then make them count! Mop the floor, scrub the sink or mow the lawn fast enough to get your heart pumping.
- Make it a doggy date. Walking with a furry friend has been proven to motivate people to become more active and make exercise a consistent part of their daily life. Fido needs his daily recommended activity time too, so get out there and walk!
Make Exercise a Priority
There is no best way to figure out when and how to get in your workouts, but make it a priority to fit it in somewhere. Schedules, family and work are all priorities but the greatest priority is you! Don’t let the window of opportunity close on you. Take care of yourself and the rest will take care of itself. Do what works for you – and make your healthy lifestyle and daily activity a priority and habit you keep.
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