Exercise isn’t all that time consuming. It only takes 4 to 10 hours a week, depending on your fitness level. However, for those of us with hectic schedules, it can be a challenge to prioritize those hours in your busy week. Instead of neglecting your workout, here are 4 tips for helping you to balance your life and fit your exercise regimen into your schedule.
Nix the TV. Television consumes a huge amount of your free time. You may not realize how much time you’re actually spending in front of the screen, but the average American watches over 27 hours a week, or 3.5 to 4 hours a day. If this is you, it’s relatively easy to fit a workout into your schedule — jut cut back on the TV time! You’ll be amazed at how much time you can reclaim when you peel yourself away from a screen.
Early birds win. According to the American Council on Exercise, people are more likely to exercise consistently in the morning than in the evening. It’s easy to put a workout off once your day gets rolling. Emails, phone calls, appointments, jobs, family, friends, food—before you know it, it’s bedtime and your workout gets rolled over to the next day. By making your workout one of the first things you do in the day, you prioritize your health and give yourself an energizing, stress-busting way to start your day.
Simplify, simply, simplify. Stop driving to the far gym every day. It’s just another obstacle between you and working out. Instead, try biking, running, tennis, hiking—whatever you enjoy that can be easily accomplished from your own home. Sure, spend time in the gym on occasion, but having a workout that you can jump right into is important—especially if your life is hectic. Another great trick is to merge your aerobic workout in with your strength workout. For example, if you’re biking, bike the hills. By getting strength and cardio both in one fell swoop, you save time while reaping the full benefits of your workout.
Involve friends and family. If you are busy with your friends and family all the time, try incorporating some exercise into all of your schedules. Instead of a lunch date, go for a light hike with a friend. Taking your family to a movie or planning a cookout? Maybe spend the day being active outdoors as family instead. Take a trip to the beach, run with the family dog, start hiking. The opportunities for incorporating exercise are endless and fun if you get a little creative.
There is no excuse for not exercising. Everyone can make time to get fit, whether it is 10-20 minutes a day or an hour a few times a week. Next time you try to skip out on exercise, remember how much better you’ll feel and all the positive energy exercise will give you. No matter how busy you are, there is always time to be fit. So get out and don’t be afraid to get sweaty!
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