“I don’t have time” is the go-to excuse for skipping the gym. Work, family, and social commitments make it difficult to incorporate a workout routine into your everyday life, but it's definitely not impossible! The thing about exercise is that it doesn't have to be an hour of cardio at the gym or completing a triathlon. Exercise can be any activity that increases your heart rate and gets you to sit less and move more.
When time is of the essence, the easiest strategy is to break down daily exercise into short, frequent stints throughout the day. Even 10 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day, can be enough to achieve the significant health benefits of physical activity. Once you’ve broken down your daily workout into easy, achievable time slots, you’ve opened up a world of exercise that doesn’t include an hour of cardio.
Here are 5 simple life hacks to help you make time for exercise on a hectic day:Move whenever you can. Take the stairs, park your car at the farthest end of the parking lot, or take laps while you’re talking on the phone. If you watch the news or a specific show daily, plan a workout that fits precisely into that time slot. It doesn’t need to be intense, but reduce the amount of idle time you spend sitting in front of the television. Sit-ups, jumping jacks, push-ups, and lunges are all easy exercises to start with that don’t require equipment.
Making time for exercise doesn't have to be difficult. As long as you are moving more and making an effort to reach your 150 minutes of exercise per week, you are doing your body a huge favor! Always remember this quote when you feel like you don't have enough time for exercise:“Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.” – Charles Caleb Colton
How do you incorporate exercise in your busy schedule? Tell us below!
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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