Got Some Spare Time? Fit in a Workout!

By Donna Stark

If there is one thing that I hear constantly from friends and peers, it’s that they all feel they don’t have enough time. Enough time for what? Well, that changes from one individual to the next, but it certainly feels like time is in both high demand and short supply. It’s unfortunate because many people think they are too busy to fit one more activity into their schedule, and a lot of important habits can get pushed to the side, exercise being one of them. But here’s the thing … most people are probably not as busy as they think, and while it may seem difficult to add it to the calendar, exercise is really quite easy to fit in.

Get Your Heart Pumping

If you are struggling to find the time to fit in a workout, check out the following suggestions. More than likely, you will find the time you need to get your heart pumping at least a couple times per week.

  • Waiting again? - There are plenty of moments during the week that we spend waiting … waiting for a child’s practice to end, waiting at the dealership for a car to be repaired, waiting for a meeting to start. The minutes that we spend waiting can really add up and can definitely be used more efficiently by adding in some form of exercise. So take a quick walk or climb some stairs instead of sitting in your car or that tacky lounge chair. You will feel great after doing so!
  • Addicted to social media? - If you find yourself constantly scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat, try putting the phone down and replace that time with a short workout. You may be surprised at how much time you actually spend while mindlessly scrolling the day away.
  • Workouts at work - Incorporate some mini-workouts during your day at the office. Take a walk at lunch, find the farthest parking spot, or use the stairs instead of the elevator. Sure, it may be nice to sit around and connect with friends over your lunch break, but do you really need to hear about the eating habits of your coworker’s dog … again? And if you do, why not invite your friend to take a walk with you?

Still Can’t Find the Time?

If the suggestions above aren’t helpful, and you are still finding it hard to slip in some exercise during the week, then you may want to scrutinize your calendar a little more closely. Look for things that could possibly be cut out or done less frequently. Is there anything that you could delegate to your children, spouse, or coworkers? Is there anyone who can share the responsibilities with you, like carpooling for example? This is important because, in addition to adding a critical component to the overall improvement of your health, you may even be able to find some time to just be still.

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