Make Time for Fitness on a Time-Crunched Schedule

Make Time for Fitness on a Time-Crunched Schedule

Try these quick tips to stay fit even when your time is spread thin.

It's important to keep exercise a priority, even when you feel you don't have the time. Getting active can help you fend off stress, burn off party-food calories and boost your spirits. So how can you stay fit while your life is on fast-forward? Try these tips (after you consult a physician to make sure you’re cleared for activity of course!).

Break It Up
Working out at least 30 minutes of physical activity three days a week is recommended by experts. The good news is you can break your weekly workout routine into smaller increments and still see benefits. Try for two 15-minute or three 10-minute sessions each day. If you can't block out that much time, then work fitness into your daily routine and watch it add up.

Pencil It In
Schedule time for exercise in your business planner or the family calendar, and then treat it like an important appointment.

Get Fit First Thing
Set your alarm clock 15 to 30 minutes earlier and enjoy a short workout before everybody else starts his or her day.

Make Healthier Choices
Climb stairs instead of taking elevators or escalators. Walk to lunch instead of ordering in or going to the company cafeteria. If you live close enough to your bank, grocery store or dry cleaner, leave your car at home and walk for small errands.


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Turn Chores Into a Workout
Shopping for groceries or holiday gifts? Walk a few laps around the supermarket or the mall before grabbing what you need. Do housework and yard work yourself instead of hiring a service. To make it more interesting, time yourself and see if you can beat your best!

Get Playful
Why not make family time an active time? Instead of vegging out in front of the TV at the end of the day, head outside for a bike ride or a game of touch football.

Make the Most of TV Time
Do crunches or run in place while you watch your favorite shows. Lift hand weights. Stretch. Pedal a stationary bike or work your arms on a rowing machine. Anything that gets you moving counts, even if it's just getting off the couch to change channels or turn up the volume.

Work Out at Work
Instead of coffee breaks, take fitness breaks and walk around the office or climb the stairs between floors. Stand and move while you talk on the phone. Conduct small meetings while enjoying a brisk walk. If you have to travel for work, pack a jump rope, choose a hotel with a fitness room or swim laps in the hotel pool.

The hardest part of working out is often mustering up the motivation to do it — and stay doing it. But if you use these tips, you may just find yourself making a habit of being healthy.

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