Your Health Matters: You CAN Make Time for Exercise

Time To ExerciseIf you have a full time job, a family, and a desire to get fit, I can almost guarantee that you’ve uttered the phrase, “I just don’t have time.” I empathize – I really do. The older we get, the busier our lives become. Between working, cleaning and preparing meals, it can seem very difficult to find time for exercise. But are you really that short on time, or is it just an easy excuse not to do it?

It doesn’t take all that long to get in a little exercise. In fact, you only need to find just 10 minutes a day to work on your fitness. Whether it’s in the morning before the kids wake up, in the afternoon while they’re at school, or in the evening after dinner, there’s no way a 10 minute break from the rest of life isn’t possible.

So ask yourself this; are you really that short on time, or are you using the most common excuse in the book to avoid getting fit? Either way, here are some quick solutions that will help you find time to exercise.

 

Prioritize

Everything we do in life, we do because we feel it’s important. Even if its going out to a club, we do it because our social life is important. Unfortunately, our own health rarely gets a high spot on the priority list. It’s time for that to change, because without our health, we wouldn’t be able to do much of anything!

 

Plan for Success

Every successful venture starts with a plan. Whip out your smartphone and look at the calendar. Find a window of at least 10 minutes that you can have just for yourself each day. Label it “Time for Me”, because this is all about you and getting yourself healthy.

In the beginning, start small. Spend that 10 or 15 minutes doing 5-10 reps of jumping jacks, push-ups, squats and high-knees. Keep rotating them until your time is up. You will feel great when it’s done – so great that you’re going to want to pencil in extra time to exercise each day to keep that feeling.

 

Utilize your Morning Showers

If you’re the type of person who wakes up and takes a shower every morning before you start your day, make the most of it. Wake up 10-15 minutes earlier and give yourself a good reason to shower. Go for a quick walk or jog, do some jumping jacks and push-ups, whatever your favorite fitness activity is, get good and sweaty doing it, then hop in the shower.

 

Exercise at Work

If you’re job allots a one-hour lunch break, you know as well as I do it only takes 10-15 minutes to eat. Spend some of that extra time to exercise. Forget the gym – go for a brisk walk. If you’re in an office, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Even if you have only 30 minutes for lunch, you can squeeze in some fitness time getting to/from your lunch table. Be creative!

 

Turn Off the TV

Your normal schedule probably goes like this: The work day is done, the family is fed, time to lounge on the couch. Wait a second… How much TV do you watch in a day? In a week? Statistics show that In North America, we average 21-30 hours a week. That’s almost as much time as we work! I’m certain you can scratch a few shows off your list to make time for exercise. If there’s a show you absolutely can’t miss, make use of those commercials. Stand by the couch and do your exercises right there. Or, if you have a treadmill or other workout machine, put it in front of a TV and get moving!

 

Challenge Yourself

Most of us have a competitive nature. When we’re challenged to do something, we feel compelled to accomplish it. Challenge yourself, and keep track of your progress so you can look back and see how well you’re doing. Go to the local dollar store and get a dry-erase board. Make a list of daily tasks, like walking for 10 minutes, drinking 8 cups of water a day, or climbing so many flights of stairs. You’ll see – accomplishments are a great motivator!

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