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How can I Find Time to Exercise?

Lauren Romano
Lauren Romano

With a busy life, it can be difficult to fit in exercise as much as you might want to. Before you know it, it has been months since you have done any form of a workout. Exercise is important; not only is it beneficial for your body, but for your mind as well. Even with only a little spare time, it is possible to fit in the exercise that you want and need.

If you have a child or a pet, you immediately have a reason to find time to exercise. Children and pets need a lot of exercise, so take the opportunity and work out with them. Take your pet for a walk at least once a day, even if it is for a short period of time. Use a walk as an opportunity to bond with your children. If they are young take them in a stroller then later on you can walk and talk as you exercise.

Setting aside time in the day can help you exercise regularly.
Setting aside time in the day can help you exercise regularly.

Your job can be a great place to get some exercise if you work in a building that has multiple floors. When you have to get from one floor to another, take the stairs instead of the elevator. In addition, first thing in the morning, during lunch or after your workday can be a good opportunity to find time to exercise. Walk up and down the stairs several times, depending on how many floors are in the building. Make sure to have a spare pair of sneakers on hand to change into.

All it takes is 30 minutes of exercise a few days a week to get into a workout routine.
All it takes is 30 minutes of exercise a few days a week to get into a workout routine.

Running errands can be a chance to make time to exercise. Instead of taking your car, speed walk or ride your bike to the location as long as it is in a safe area. In addition to getting your errands done and fitting in a workout, you save yourself gas and miles on your car as well.

If you want to find more time to exercise, consider mapping out your schedule for an entire week; when you work, take your children to practice and prepare dinner. Circle any periods of time that you know you usually have free every week. Use this as a method to decide on exercises that you can do within those periods. For example, if you have fifteen free minutes before you start making dinner, allocate this time to go for a quick walk. Before long, exercise will seem more of your daily routine instead of a distant memory.

Playing with an active child can be a great way to burn calories.
Playing with an active child can be a great way to burn calories.

Even those with the busiest schedules can find time to exercise with a little planning. It is all a matter of finding the available free spaces of time that you did not even realize you had. Taking these blocks of time out of your day and devoting it to exercise can make a difference in how you feel and look.

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    • Setting aside time in the day can help you exercise regularly.
      By: Sergejs Rahunoks
      Setting aside time in the day can help you exercise regularly.
    • All it takes is 30 minutes of exercise a few days a week to get into a workout routine.
      By: Syda Productions
      All it takes is 30 minutes of exercise a few days a week to get into a workout routine.
    • Playing with an active child can be a great way to burn calories.
      By: Rob hyrons
      Playing with an active child can be a great way to burn calories.
    • The responsibility of exercising a pet can help to assure that an individual also gets the workout they need.
      By: Mat Hayward
      The responsibility of exercising a pet can help to assure that an individual also gets the workout they need.
    • Taking children in a stroller while walking or jogging is a way for a busy parent to exercise.
      By: julief514
      Taking children in a stroller while walking or jogging is a way for a busy parent to exercise.