Tips for Getting Fit Even When You're Busy
Taking care of yourself, your body and ultimately your overall health takes time. But, for many of us in our everyday lives, time is something that is hard to come by. We would go on that run if we didn't have to take our kids to soccer practice, or we would go to the gym if we didn't have that meeting.
But with a little bit of extra effort, you can find that time is actually on your side. There are ways to fit exercise into a busy schedule and get in the recommended amount of 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.
Something is Better than Nothing
Stefanie Brueggemann, an exercise physiologist with UW Health Preventive Cardiology, says that exercise doesn't necessarily mean 60 minutes at the gym.
"At least 10 minutes of a moderate intensity at a time, three times a day, can help," she says.
That means the little free time we have at morning, when we get home and even during our work breaks can make all the difference.
Make it a Priority
Although you can't sacrifice doing that presentation you need to do for work, you may find that the only way to get an adequate amount of exercise is to sacrifice the things you don't need.
Watching TV may have to be left on the sidelines. Instead, you can use your family time to plan something you can all do together. Bike rides can be a lot of fun, as well as a good workout, or even going for a walk or quick jog together with the kids. It sets a good example and gets them active as well.
Even being prepared for working out can shave time, so take your spare workout clothes and tennis shoes with you when you go to work.
Be Serious About It
When trying to keep yourself in shape, you get out what you put into it. Set reasonable goals for yourself so you can keep up a sense of accomplishment that will carry you through. Setting many small goals tends to work better than one large one, because the satisfaction you get from achieving one goal gives you the confidence to complete another. In time, fitting blocks of exercise into your schedule will become habit, and you'll be effectively keeping yourself in good health.
Date Published: 09/16/2011