These days, finding the time to exercise for a busy person can be a challenge. With so many work demands and family responsibilities, the thought of having to go to the gym can feel like just another thing on your to-do list.
While it seems like everyone and everything needs your attention, truthfully nothing needs your attention for every single minute of every day. What if you could find easy and enjoyable ways to incorporate exercise as part of your important me-time? There’s no need to limit your idea of exercise to just going to the gym. It’s important to carve out special time for yourself. When you put yourself first, you maintain both your mental and physical health, giving you more energy and enthusiasm in other areas of your life.
It’s easy to feel motivated about the idea of exercising but when it comes to the crunch, we often lose motivation when we try to do too much too soon. What’s most important for motivation is accomplishing and completing a task on a consistent basis, not the size of the task itself.
Let’s consider breaking it down into achievable steps so that you can find fun ways to include more movement and exercise into your busy schedule to get your heart pumping and muscles working everyday, no matter how busy life gets.
How Do I Fit Exercise Into My Schedule?
While you don’t need an hour or even half an hour a day to lose weight or get into great shape, doing 15-20 minutes of exercise a day may be enough exercise for a busy person.
Going for a walk around the neighborhood, not only burns calories but the fresh air and sunshine are mood boosters as well. It’s okay to break things up. Try doing two 10-minute walks. Walk over to co-workers, rather than phoning or sending an email or IM. Take a walk during your coffee and lunch breaks. Walk while you’re talking on the phone. Bike to work, get off your bus or train a few stops earlier, or park the car further away to extend your walking time.
How Do I Exercise Everyday?
A little exercise is better than nothing. In fact, adding just modest amounts of physical activity to your weekly routine is all it takes.
Expecting too much only leads to frustration. Try not to be discouraged by what you can’t do or how far you have to go to reach your fitness goals. Instead of worrying over results, the key is to focus on consistency.
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