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No Time to Exercise? Fit Workouts into Any Schedule with Creative Thinking

by SeroVital

Almost everyone knows they need to exercise. But if you ask most people why they don’t get more exercise, lack of time is probably the number one answer. While you probably can’t find an extra hour in your day, getting more exercise is a lot more doable than you think.

Ditch the All-or-Nothing Mindset

It can be intimidating to think that you need to exercise for an hour a day. Who has that kind of time? The good news: you don’t have to get that hour of exercise all in one consecutive block. Several short bursts of activity throughout your day are still effective. Try taking 10-minute walks around your office throughout the day.

Put It in Your Schedule

You’re a lot more likely to regularly exercise if you do it at a consistent time. Set your alarm a half-hour earlier and resist the urge to hit snooze. You can start your day with a sense of pride knowing that you already have your workout done and out of the way. Even if you only go to the gym a couple times a week on the way home from work, for example, going on the same days each week will become habit.

Get the Whole Family Involved

Can’t justify leaving the kids to go to the gym when you’ve been gone from them all day? Get them to move with you! Most kids don’t exercise enough, and you can model how to stay active as a busy adult. Dance your sillies out together, go for an after-dinner walk, or play catch in the backyard.

Do Things the Hard Way

Most of us are in the habit of finding ways to make our lives easier—but most of those changes require less activity, not more. Take a cue from that and do the opposite. Make your life more inconvenient in ways that require more exercise. Walk down the hall to talk to your coworker instead of sending an email. Park farther away from the entrance to stores and your office. Make part of your daily commute on foot or by bike.

Getting more exercise doesn’t have to be impossible. Find a closer gym that has child care, work out while you watch your favorite shows, or even get a dog so you’ll be forced to go for walks. A little creativity will help you find ways to be more active.

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