Finding Time to Fit Exercise Into Your Day

Last week, we wrote about exercise and whether or not you are really all that active, but many of you cannot figure out how to fit exercise into your already busy day.

The answer is simple. When you think about it, we all have 168 hours in our weeks. No one has more time than anybody else. So it is really how we use our time that matters. If you currently do no exercise and decide that you will devote 30 minutes six days per week to exercise, you will still be left with 165 hours for the rest of the week’s tasks. And think of this: the three hours each week you spend exercising will give you more time because you will not only start to lose weight, you will gain energy as a result. That’s right. If you think you will be more tired than you are now, think again. Exercise actually gives you more energy, and as you lose weight, you will want to be more active.

So when do you have the time to exercise? If you work full-time, you can wake up earlier. If you have a treadmill at home, use that, or go for a walk or run outside or go to the gym. Many fitness centers are open 24 hours a day, or at least are open very early in the morning.

Some of you may prefer to exercise in the evening. A walk after dinner has the advantage of revving up your metabolism after you have eaten. If your workplace has a gym or exercise room, take advantage of that. If not, you can still take a walk or a jog during your lunch hour. Run first. Then, eat something healthy.

And if you don’t work outside of the home, your schedule is even more flexible. Just make a decision to do it, and plan exactly when you are going to exercise. Once you make a plan, you are likely to stick to it.