Why You DON’T Need to Take an Hour Out of Your Day to Workout
When you think of personal fitness, you’re mind’s eye is probably filled with images of getting up early and suiting up for a jog, heading down to the gym and hopping on a treadmill, or spending hours groaning and sweating. While that’s probably true if you want to follow a traditional workout plan at a gym or with a personal trainer, the average person like you or I doesn’t have to invest a ton of time into fitness to see results.
While time spent is a major factor in achieving fitness and weight loss results, taking a ton of important time out of your day, especially if you have a busy schedule, simply just isn’t an option. Whether you have a day job to go to or responsibilities that need to be taken care of at home can leave you with little time to yourself at all, much less time you might want to spend investing in a workout. The key comes from realizing that it doesn’t take an hour of devoted time to fit a workout into your average day. In fact, all it really takes is a little creative planning in advance.
The easiest way to get exercise without taking time out of your day is to fit it in among the things you already planned on doing that day. If you’ve got work to do outside in the yard or somewhere to go nearby, turn it into a fun exercise. Do stretches, jog in place, get your blood pumping without having to head to the gym!
If you know you have to spend time out of the house, take a little extra time and park in the back of the lot then jog into the store. Take your little bits of exercise when and where you can find them, even if it’s spontaneous! Even if you’re just at work you can get in a little bit of stretching and fitness during breaks or while you’re at your desk.
Another important way you can find quick fitness is to utilize high impact workouts that are specifically designed for people with only a little time. There are tons of free and paid resources available for people out there who only have between ten minutes to half an hour to devote to exercise. You can find programs online that let you choose the type of workout you want and how long you’d like to spend on it or even just free workout videos through video sharing sites like Youtube. Fitness doesn’t have to be something that you spend a huge part of your day on if you just take the time to work little bits of it into everything you do!
Are You Really Too Busy to Lose Weight?
One of the most common misconceptions about weight loss for the average person is that, with everything that we need to get done in our day from school or work to taking care of the kids or family, we simply don’t have any time to spend on exercise and fitness. This may come as a shock, but it doesn’t matter how busy you are of how packed your schedule is, there’s always a way to work a little bit of fitness into your day. Let’s take a hard look together at what it would take to really be too busy to lose weight.
When you really break it down, it’s actually quite difficult to be so incredibly busy that you don’t have time for a little fitness or a quick workout. Unless you’re required b whatever you’re doing to focus on it 100% from the time you get up to the time you go to bed, there’s definitely time to sneak in some exercise. Take the hardest look at your “idle” times, times that you’re going to be just sitting around. These are the perfect time to be up and moving or stretching, especially if what you’re doing isn’t going to take your full attention (I’m looking at you TV time!).
Even at work is a great place to look into some light exercise. Particularly if you have a desk job that’s going to root you in place for hours at a time, there are tons of easy exercises you can do without getting out of your chair. You’ll be burning calories, keeping fit, and most importantly of all getting some stretching and good blood circulation in a time where you’d mostly be spending it stationary. If desk workouts aren’t your thing try turning your lunch break into a fitness break. Skip the bag lunch and jog somewhere nearby to eat (within reason of course) or if you’re brave do some exercise in the break room. If your coworkers say anything they’re just jealous!
You’re never truly too busy to find the time do break from an idle routine into something fitness related. Do some stretching during commercial breaks, jog out to the mailbox (or a little further) when you go to pick up your mail, challenge your kids to a race to the bus stop. Of course you shouldn’t let getting in a bit of fitness distract you from important, attention intensive jobs, but it’s a rare occurrence that that will take up 100% of your available time. The next time you’re sitting there and telling yourself “I don’t have time to work out” or “I’m too busy to try to lose weight” you should really think about whether you’re truly too busy or just making excuses.