How Do I Make Time for Exercise?

How do I make time for exercise is a question a lot of people ask themselves when they want to get in shape.  Ironically, I’m too busy or I don’t have time is one of the most common excuses people give for not exercising regularly or giving up on their routine.  

As busy as you think you are there are plenty of others out there who’re just as busy if not busier than you who do work out regularly and eat well. This is a failure to prioritize and put yourself first. Putting yourself first doesn’t necessarily equate to selfishness. As Maslow’s hierarchy of needs dictates you can take better care of others once your individual needs have been met. For example a mother who exercises feels better about herself and more importantly models positive behavior for her children. A father who keeps himself in shape will undoubtedly raise his productivity level at work and still have energy to play with his children when he gets home . A grandparent who improves their health will be around longer to play with and spend time with their grand-kids as they grow up The truth is we always make time for the things we really want or need to do. Be honest with yourself about when, where, and how you can train.

If you genuinely do have a hectic lifestyle plan exercise into your schedule, rather than planning to get around to it if you have time. When you take a closer look,you’ll realize that you don’t need that much time, in addition you’ll get a great return on the time you do invest. Exercise has been shown to increase productivity level, makes your normal daily activities easier, reduces stress so you think more clearly, and improves your quality of sleep

Make an appointment with yourself when you’re most likely to keep it. For example, if you’re not a morning person or usually stay up later at night, then forcing yourself to getup and workout at the crack of dawn is probably not the best time for you to schedule your workout. Instead sleep in, and plan to train for a half hour on your lunch break. You’ll be much more productive throughout the entire day and getting some exercise on your lunch break will invigorate you for the afternoon. Even a half hour 4-5 times per week will go a long way.

If you exercise smarter you’ll realize you can get by with even less. Small activities such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving , or parking farther away from your destination can easily add up to a recommended 30 minutes of cardio per day allowing you to focus on resistance training at other times. If you live in the New York City area like myself and, or visit various clients throughout the day this is very easily accomplished

If you’re really having an exceptionally busy day and you don’t have time to do an hour or even a half hour workout, break it up into two twenty minute sessions or three ten minute mini sessions. Even if you do only one fifteen minute bout on a given day it’s still better than skipping it all together and doing nothing at all.

People often think they need to spend a lot more time working out then they really do in order to get the benefit.  An hour 3-5 days per week is what many people think they need.  In reality you can easily achieve significant results in half that amount of time or even less.  If you have a good program and you follow it consistently, you can achieve substantial results in as little as 2-3 days a week with workouts as short as 10-20 minutes.         

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