12 Ways to Make Time for Exercise ...

We all know to maintain a healthy weight, have more energy, and keep a happy heart, we need to exercise for twenty minutes, at least three times a week. But with work, school, homework, family, and friends, how can you find the time? You have to MAKE time, and here’s how!

1. Wake up and Go

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Experts recommend exercising first thing in the morning, before the day gets too hectic or before you feel tired and worn out.

2. Does Your Work Have a Gym?

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A lot of places of employment have a gym on site, so their employees can work out while on lunch or before or after work. If they don’t have a gym, they might have a walking club. Look into it!

3. Find the Right Gym

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Is it close to home, school, or work? Do they have hours that work with your schedule? Be sure to think of these things when choosing a gym to join.

4. Work out at School

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If you’re in college or high school, Phys Ed may be a requirement anyway. If so, this one hour a few times a week may be all you need!

5. Do It before You Shower

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I do quick calisthenics each morning in the seven minutes while I’m waiting for my shower water to get hot. A quick set of lunges and another set of squats, and I’ve done my legs for the day!

6. Do It While You Watch TV

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If you can’t bear the thought of missing “Glee” or “CSI” but that’s the only time you can exercise, do both at once. Ride a stationary bike or use the elliptical machine in front of the TV.

7. Listen While You Work

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I have a friend who downloads her professor’s lectures onto her iPod, and listens to them while she works out. Another one practices her Spanish while on the elliptical machine.

8. Bring a Buddy (or Two)

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If you’re worried about making times for friends and making time to exercise, try taking a class or joining a gym with a friend or two. Then you can work out and spend time with your friends at the same time!

9. Double-time It

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A lot of studios offer classes for kids and adults at the same time, so while little Sophie is taking ballet, I can be taking yoga. Perfect!

10. Schedule It

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If you make it a habit of working out on Tuesday and Thursday nights from six to seven no matter what, then you’ll be much more likely to continue that habit.

11. Take a Class

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A lot of cities, gyms, and stand-alone studios offer once-weekly half-0hour classes in everything from aerobics to yoga and Pilates. Join a class and stick to it! You might have more success if you have an instructor, rather than just the towel-girl at the gym.

12. Re-define “work-out”

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A work-out doesn’t have to be at the gym. It can be a jog around the block, a walk to the grocery store, a trip with the kids (or your little sister) to the roller-skating rink.

When you keep these tips in mind, making time to work-out doesn’t seem like nearly as much of a struggle. It’s important! How do you make time to exercise? Please let me know, so I can try it too!

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