Ways to Exercise When Short on Time
How can you exercise when short on time? Finding the time to exercise can be difficult. Work, family and other responsibilities can make it seem impossible to find sufficient time to exercise. Current recommendations suggest that adults get about 30 minutes of exercise a day. Here are three ways to fit 30 minutes of exercise in when you are in a time crunch.
3 ways to exercise when short on time
1. Split it Up: If taking a 30-minute break out of your day to exercise seems impossible, do not stress. 10 minutes of exercise three times a day is just as effective. Take three ten minute breaks during your day to take a walk around the block, do 10 minutes of bodyweight exercises, or 10 minutes of a yoga-inspired stretching routine. While it might seem difficult to get up 30 minutes earlier to work out, 10 minutes earlier is more approachable.
2. Make it a Family Event: If exercising is difficult because you do not want to spend the time away from your kids, then include kids in exercise. Take a walk after dinner as a family, or head outside for a game of tag. Exercise does not have to be formal or gym based. Move as a family, and you might be surprised how quickly the time goes by.
3. Look for Hidden Opportunities: Your day probably includes movement opportunities that will not even add time to your schedule. Instead of waiting for the elevator, take the stairs. If you have to make a phone call, walk around while you talk. Parking a bit further away will not add much time to your errands. Look for opportunities that already exist within your day to add in movement. It all adds up!
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Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach