How You Can Make Time For Exercise
It’s the one statement that comes out the most often when people claim they can’t exercise: “I don’t have time.” It’s true; we all lead very busy lives, yet every day we see someone riding their bike, taking a walk or hitting the gym. If they can find a break in their schedule, why can’t you?
Starting an exercise program does require some rearranging of your schedule, but even short bouts of activity are effective for health and weight loss. Maybe this is a good way for you to begin. In fact, those who exercise for shorter durations are proven to stick to their workout routines and often lose more weight compared to those who exercise for longer durations but fewer times per week.
If you would like to make exercise more of a priority in your life, but you’re not sure if you really are able to, ask yourself the following questions. Keep in mind there is no right or wrong answers, but your responses can provide some helpful insights.
1. What Is the Truth about ‘no time’?
Do you really not have enough time or is there another reason why you don’t want to work out? Be honest with your answer and see if your schedule is really to blame. How can you overcome these obstacles?
2. How Can I Accommodate A Workout?
Look at your schedule and see where you can fit in 15 minutes to work out. For many who exercise regularly, they prefer to get up earlier in the morning. Others like to take a short 15-minute walk during their lunch break.
3. What Exercises Do I Like?
When you find an exercise that is enjoyable, it means that you are more likely to find time to work it in your schedule. Simply write down what you enjoy doing or what you would like to try. Maybe it’s yoga or Pilates. Perhaps you would like to take a dance or spin class. When you love what you do, it becomes a priority.
4. Do It:
Now that you have looked at your schedule and have determined what sort of exercise you enjoy, commit to exercise for two weeks. Once that time period is over, reassess and see how it is with your daily routine. Are you feeling the benefits of an exercise program? Is it a struggle to maintain your new schedule? Review what works and what doesn’t.
Remember, the key is not to fit in the perfect amount of exercise, but rather to make subtle changes in how you live. Exercising even 15 minutes a day is a great first step in getting the benefits that a good work out provides.