November 8, 2009

Finding Time to Work Out

We all have busy lives, there is no question about that and finding time to fit in exercise is very hard. If I did not have an hour long lunch break I would have no idea as to when I could fit in a workout.

If you have trouble finding time to work out try getting up earlier and going to the gym or just working out in your living room with a video, using your lunch hour or working out right after work before you head home for the day.

Another option is to fit your workout in while you are doing something else. You could ride your bike to and from work, if your children are small enough put them in the stroller while you go for a run or walk, or if they are bigger have them ride their bikes next to you while you run.

If you have a treadmill, stair master, or stationary bike at home walk or run on that instead of watching TV. You could also lift weights, do pushup, sit-ups, crunches, or lunges while watching TV instead of just sitting on the couch.

Here are some other ways to fit in little workouts throughout the day:

1 – Ride your bike to work
2 – Walk to work
3 – Park 1 to ½ mile away from work and walk in (1/2 walk will take you 10 minutes or less if you hussle)
4 – Do not take the elevator, take the stairs. Or do both if you work in a high rise. Take the elevator the first 10 flights and walk the remaining 5.
5 – Take a 10 minute break in the morning and afternoon and go for a quick 10 minute walk.
6 – Make sure to stand up and walk around for 5 minutes for every 1 hour that you are stuck sitting at your desk.
7 – Do not send an email or call your co-worker stand up and walk to their desk to talk to them.
8 – While running errands park the car in a central location and walk to each store instead of driving to each one.
9 – Park as far away as possible, do not park in the spot closest to the door. Also at the grocery store return your cart to the store, not the closest cart parking spot.
10 – Have a walking meeting instead of a sit down meeting.
11 – Instead of just letting the dogs run in the backyard yard take the dogs and the kids for a walk.
12 – Go for a run with your kids, they will love racing you and you can always let them win.

What do you do to fit in a workout during the day?

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