We all want to exercise daily because of all the benefits to our body and mind, but where do we find the time in our busy schedule? This week we explore creative ways to find time to exercise, keeping our motivation to live a healthy lifestyle and feel our best!
With any routine that you want to keep consistent, it is important to be flexible and use your time wisely. One key to success is to remember that you can find physical exercise doing your daily tasks, not just in a formal exercise routine. At home, try waking up 30 minutes before your normal wake up time to get in a quick walk, run, or morning stretch. When doing your chores around the house, make them count! You are moving your body and strengthening your arms and legs when you mop, garden, vacuum, and all those other mundane chores you do. Try riding a stationary bike or holding a plank while watching television, using that couch time to benefit your body. Still not convinced you can find time to exercise? Involve your family and doggies! Take a family bike ride or walk. It can be in shorter bursts if you are worried about overworking your kids or dogs. When you are at work, try taking the stairs instead of the elevator. If walking or riding your bike is accessible for your commute, put the car keys down a few days a week (or even just start with one day without your car!). Take fitness breaks throughout the day by taking a short walk instead of hanging around the water cooler.
Still having a hard time finding time, team up! Make an exercise date with your pals or join a fitness group like the Body Loft. Group fitness classes are a great way to commit to getting your exercise time in and meet people that are on a similar journey.
There is no formula that will work best for everyone, so find what works for your schedule and life. Squeezing in three 15-20 spurts of exercise during the day is just as effective as a solid chunk of time, so be patient with yourself. When life gets busy and crazy, don't forget to take care of your needs. This motivation will naturally bleed into the other areas of your life! Making physical exercise a habit will help you maintain the happy, healthy lifestyle we are all working towards.