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Exercise Tips for When You’re Short on Time

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exercise short on timeExercise is an important part of your routine, but it’s not always easy to find the time for it. Busy schedules and other priorities can easily lead you to neglect your fitness. However, getting some exercise doesn’t always have to mean vigorous sessions at the gym. There are plenty of less time-consuming ways to fit physical activity into your routine.

Work Out in the Morning

If you know you’re going to be busy throughout the day, set your alarm half an hour earlier and fit in some physical activity before you get ready. That half an hour a day will have a big impact on your health and it will get your exercise out of the way each day so that you’re not struggling to find the time for it later.

Exercise on the Go

Exercise doesn’t have to be something you set aside time for – you can use your travelling time to improve your fitness. Instead of using the car for short journeys, walk or cycle. If you take a bus or train somewhere, get off a stop early and walk the rest of the way. When you’re in public buildings, take the stairs instead of lifts or elevators.

Exercise in the House

If you’re short on time, it’s much easier to exercise in the house than to go out especially for it. Try doing a few gentle exercises while you watch TV or doing a little light jogging up and down the stairs.

Make Chores a Little More Active

You may be surprised to hear that some household chores count as a gentle workout. Activities such as vacuuming, cleaning the windows, scrubbing the bath and loading the dishwasher all burn calories, and some even help to stretch and tone your muscles. Put in a little extra effort when completing your chores and they’ll play a small but helpful role in maintaining your fitness.

Get Fit with Others

If you feel that an exercise regime is taking up time you’d like to be spending with your family or friends, try engaging in fitness activities with your loved ones rather than alone. Have a sports night with the family, go for country walks with your partner, join a fitness class at your local swimming pool or play tennis with a friend. There are plenty of group activities you can do with others so there’s no reason your fitness regime has to include only solitary exercise.

exerciseWalk

You may think you don’t have time for exercise but walking counts as physical activity and is something everyone has time to do. Going for a short, brisk walk each day is an easy way to get some beneficial moderate-intensity aerobic exercise – just make sure you walk fast enough to raise your heart rate and break into a sweat.

Many people believe they don’t have enough time for exercise, but if you consider all of the many ways there are to fit some physical activity into the day, you’ll realise just how easy it is to keep active. Fitting fitness into your everyday life is the best way to ensure you get regular exercise and it helps it become a habit rather than a chore.

You may like to read our earlier article on 6 ways to get fit without going to the gym by clicking on this link.

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