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7 Ways to Find Time to Exercise

Do you find it hard to find time to exercise?

Today we’re going to get practical about working out and finding time to exercise.  

One of the most difficult parts of fitness is finding time and motivation to do it.  And often it’s because we get this idea of what it has to be or has to look like.  We think our workouts need to be in the gym going 110% for an hour or it’s not worth it.  But that’s just not true.  

Now I do have to inject here that if you know me personally you know I’m a cardio junkie (and probably to a fault!).  I like to run (when my knee lets me) and bike as often as I can.  It’s what I love to do, and I happen to have time in this season of my life to get out on the bike for an hour most days weather permitting.  

But I don’t want you to get distracted by my exercise routine or the runners and cyclists you may see outside everyday.  This is another area where you need to keep your eyes on your own paper.  You need to honor your own schedule, your body’s abilities, and your likes and dislikes as it pertains to activity.

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So let’s take a look at 7 simple ways to find time to exercise

  1. Get up early

This may be one of the most difficult ones to do, especially if you’re not a morning person.  But I’m going to say it:  Just bite the bullet and do it!  Set that alarm for 15 minutes early and get up!  Once you get up, just do something….anything!  Walk around the house.  Stretch.  Foam roll.  Yoga. Get your body used to getting up a bit earlier and move.

      2.  Use your breaks and/or lunch hour 

You have a 10 minute break in the morning?  Walk.  Do squats in your office.   Do wall push ups.  Sit in your chair and do calf raises.  On  your lunch break, take a walk.  Walk the stairs.  Repeat the moves you did on your 10 minute break.  

      3.  Do it throughout the day

While you’re standing at the sink doing dishes, do calf raises.  While you’re watching tv, get on the floor and plank.  Take an extra flight of stairs.  Do squats while you brush your teeth.  Walk around the block if you have a minute.  Tighten your stomach muscles every time you think of it.  Stand or sit a bit taller if you notice yourself slouching.    

     4.  Make it part of play time

Play with your kids.  Take them to the park after school and play tag.  It will help them decompress from the day and will give you a chance to get some exercise.  Walk around the playground while they’re playing.  

     5.  Make use of waiting time

Have to pick up the kids from practice?   Arrive a few minutes early and walk in the parking lot while you’re waiting.  Instead of sitting in the pick up line at school, park the car and walk.  

     6.  Find an at-home workout 

Working out at home saves so much time.  You don’t have to factor in drive time to and from the gym.  You can get up in the morning or come straight home from work, put on your sneakers and off you go.  Put that DVD in and hit play.  Or pull up a video online and get going.  

     7.  Turn common chores into a workout 

When you’re mopping, really focus on using those arms.  Carry the vacuum up and down the steps.  If you’re cleaning 2 floors of your house, do one thing upstairs then go downstairs and do a chore there then go back upstairs.  This just gets you going up and down those steps more often.  Work a little faster.  Push a little harder.  

 

Come over to my Faith and Fitness Facebook group to talk more about finding time to exercise as well as meet some gals who will help you stay accountable and encourage you on your fitness journey.

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P.S.  Do you have a workout I should pin to my workout board?  Email the link to marsha@marshaapsley.com  and I’ll add it!

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