Between work, kids and other obligations, you struggle to squeeze in exercise. If only you had an extra hour in the day.
You don’t, of course. So try out these 10 tips for working more exercise into your busy life. Bonus tip: The energy boost you get from exercising will help you maximize the actual time you do have in the day. Score!
- Make it a priority. Schedule time in your calendar for the week, and keep it like any other important appointment. What days will you exercise and for how long? There are 1,440 minutes in the day. Can you find 20 to exercise?
- Get an exercise partner. When you know someone is relying on you, you are less likely to skip your workout. Map out the week ahead to stay on track.
- Try exercising in the morning. As the day goes on, too many things can happen to derail your plans for an afternoon or evening workout.
- Sign up for a class or a local 5K race. If you are financially invested, you will be less likely to skip the exercise session. Better yet, join with a friend or co-worker.
- Find something you enjoy! Try something new and out of your comfort zone. Get out of the gym and onto the bike, into the pool, up and down the court, or across the mountain trail.
- Squeeze in bursts of exercise throughout your day. Use a 15-minute work break for stretching exercises. At lunch time, take a brisk 20-minute walk and then eat. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Pick a parking spot a little further away from your office or the grocery store – those extra steps will add up.
- Exercise while you watch TV. Lift weights or use commercial breaks to complete push-ups, sit-ups, or jumping jacks. Keep a bottle of water nearby to ward off TV-induced snacking.
- Keep a pair of walking shoes with you (at work, in the car). Take advantage of any time you have to squeeze in exercise.
- Get your family involved. Ride bikes after dinner. Play a quick game of one-on-one before homework time. Try out a new activity on the weekend. Sign up together for a charity walk.
- Keep track of your exercise to see your progress. Mark the days you exercise on the family calendar. This is a fun way to visibly track your goal and reward yourself along the way
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