Making Time for Exercise August 28, 2015 09:20
Often we don’t exercise because we think we’re too busy and don‘t have time. These tips below will help you to consider if there are some options to add exercise into your life.
- Move during your work hours
A friend of mine, who works from home on conference calls all day, took this concept to new levels. She had her husband help her construct a treadmill “desk,” so she can walk literally all day. She says she walks at a snail’s pace when she needs to type and write while on calls but it’s still walking. She then ramps up the speed when she is between calls or just needs to listen in. What a novel idea! Even getting up and pacing during the day or sitting on a yoga ball would add extra activity into you life!
- Commute to Work Manually
Are you able to ride a bike, roller blade, or jog to work? If you live close enough to where you work, consider a manual method besides a vehicle to get to work. This will get your workout in and get you there.
- Don’t look at it as “all or nothing”
Perhaps you don’t go because you think I need a full hour or more to get results. Not true – studies show moving even for as little as 20 minutes gives results. Consider an app that allows you to program a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session into your smartphone so you burn more calories than a steady pace.
- Kids and dogs can help you
Many people think they have to spend quality time with their kids sitting in front of a tv. Get moving! Take the kids to the park, play a game of tag for cardio, or an old fashioned game of kickball. Get your dogs moving too – take Fido out for a light jog or fast walk. Or even a game of chase in the yard.
- Exercise in the morning or late at night
While it’s not always ideal to get up early or stay up late, you can carve out a little time for an early morning workout or a late after dinner workout. You may find you like that little bit of time alone and can use it to prepare for the day or unwind after a busy day.