Fitting Exercise Into Your Day with a Busy Life

Last Updated on August 14, 2020 by Ellen Christian

Fitting exercise into your day doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. Exercise is extremely important to weight loss and weight maintenance. I’d like to say that I do some sort of exercise every day but, to be honest, I don’t.

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Fitting Exercise Into Your Day

It used to be easier when I worked at home. I could take 30 minutes during the day to go for a long walk or do a yoga routine in the morning before I started working. But, now that I’m working full time away from home, it’s not quite that simple.

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How do you squeeze exercise into your day?

As cliche as it sounds, we all have the same 24 hours in our day. Fitting exercise into your day is simply a matter of priorities. To find 30 minutes to exercise, you need to find something you are currently doing and eliminate it or lessen the time you spend on it. Can you give up 30 minutes of television time? Or, can you walk on your lunch break instead of sitting at your desk playing on your phone? Can you wake up 30 minutes earlier exercise in the morning?

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How can I add physical activity to my day?

When it comes to fitting exercise into your day, one of the simplest things to do is walk more. Can you take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator? Can you walk to work? Or, can you bike? Park as far away from your office as possible and walk rather than looking for the closest space. This holds true for groceries and appointments as well.

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How do you exercise when you don’t have time? 

Again, it all depends on priorities. Fitting exercise into your day is a matter of making it a top priority. Schedule it by penciling it in on your calendar every day. Make a date with a friend to walk after work or during your lunch. You’ll be more likely to stick to it if you have moral support.

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What time of day is best to exercise?

Studies show that starting your day with exercise is the best option. But, if the thought of exercising at 5 AM is too much to bear, it’s perfectly fine to fit it into the day whenever you can. I prefer to exercise after work so I can devote my mornings entirely to coffee.

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How can I make exercise a habit?

Experts believe that to make something a habit, you need to do it regularly every day for at least two months. It’s very important that you start small with baby steps so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Schedule 15 minutes a day if that’s all you think you have time for. You can adjust your schedule for more time as you progress if you want to. Don’t get overwhelmed. It’s more important to be consistent.

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How to make time to go to the gym

Fitting exercise into your day can be challenging when you want to go to the gym. Find a gym that is on the way to and from wherever you work. Then, stop there after work every day. Add it to your schedule and set a reminder. Remember to keep your clean workout clothes and athletic sneakers in the car so you have no excuses. The likelihood that you will drive home from work and then turn around and go back out to the gym is not very high.

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What type of exercise is best?

There is no best type of exercise. The best type is the one that you will do consistently. If you hate yoga, then don’t do that one. If you love to walk, that’s a great place to start. And, if riding your bike is your idea of fun, schedule more bike rides. I’m partial to walking because I find it very relaxing and a great way to eliminate stress. But, if the weather is rotten outside, I will use my stationary bike inside instead. When I am super stressed, a yoga routine helps me relax and work out at the same time.

It’s all about you and what you will do every day. Making yourself do an exercise that you hate will not be something you do every single day. Instead, try to find something that you can at least find slightly enjoyable.

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