Excuses Busted: Making Time for Exercise

Monday, February 16, 2015

We're all busy people and it can be hard to fit everything we're supposed to do into our lives. A lot of the time, exercise falls by the wayside, which is really sad, since exercise is so crucial for good health and overall well-being. Why I'm sure you've already found reasons to exercise, finding the time can be trickier, so here are some of my best tips:

Wake up earlier.
Now, if you're so short on time that you're not getting enough sleep, this is not the step to take, but if you're having difficulty fitting exercise in your day, it can really do the trick. Waking up just a half hour before you usually do to fit in a quick twenty minute workout (or four five minute workouts) can help you start your day off right.

Take a class.
If you're a student, taking a P.E. class is a great idea. If you're in high school, you're stuck at school already, so you might as well exercise during some of that time. Even if you're in college, a P.E. class can help you meet your credit hour requirements without any homework.

Squeeze in quick bursts.
It can be hard to fit an hour-long block of exercise in your day, but how about six ten-minute blocks (or three?) Take a break from working or studying and go on a walk, do a workout off of YouTube or just do a quick ab workout.

Wear a pedometer.
Make a goal to take 10,000 steps a day. Chances are, you'll fall short during the day, which will give you an excuse to fit in a couple of those quick bursts I talked about above!

Walk more.
If you're already going somewhere, it can't hurt to take the little extra time to walk there instead of drive (you could also bike!)

If you legitimately have no time for exercise, you might want to reconsider your life. Do you have too much on your plate? Not only is it unhealthy to live an sedentary lifestyle, but it's also dangerous to live a stressful lifestyle. Take a step back if you need to.

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