If you’re like most people, you probably find it difficult to make time for exercise. Between work, chores, kids, and social obligations, it may feel as though there aren’t enough minutes in the day. You’ll have to get creative if you want to fit exercise into your daily routine. Try these to sneak in more calorie-burning activity, and you probably won’t notice a strain on your schedule.
Take more steps. Park your car in the back of parking lots, so that you have to walk farther into work, the grocery store, or doctor appointments. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Wear a pedometer, and aim for 10,000 steps per day.
Break it up. No time for a 30-minute walk? Get up an extra ten minutes early in the morning, and go for a 10-minute walk. Walk for 10 minutes on your lunch break, and fit in a 10-minute walk after dinner or during the kids’ soccer practice.
Combine exercise and quality time. Maybe you have a hard time fitting exercise into your schedule because your daughter wants to play dolls, your significant other wants to have coffee and chat, and your best friend wants to talk on the phone. Ask your loved ones to support your weight loss goals by going for a walk or riding bikes with you instead. You can still spend time together, but you can break out of your sedentary routines.
Get on the ball. Replace your office chair with a large workout ball. You’ll work your core muscles by balancing on the ball as you work, and it’s comfortable too!
There’s an app for that. There are tons of great workout apps for smart phones, and they’ll remind you to work out each day. Some of them will even give you new workout ideas, so that you never become stuck in a boring rut.
Take advantage of weekends. Maybe you really can’t find time for daily exercise during the week. But if you have a block of free time on the weekend, schedule a two-hour hike for the family.
Break away from the boob tube. Record your favorite shows so that you can fast-forward through commercials when watching them later. This will save you about 20 minutes per one-hour program. Or, set up a stationary bike or rowing machine in the living room. Exercise while watching your favorite shows, so you can meet your health goals without giving up something else that’s important to you.