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No time for exercise? I don’t think so.

To be honest, I’ve never really bought the whole “I don’t have time to exercise” excuse. What that really means is “I don’t have the motivation to exercise”. There are very few days when I can honestly say I don’t have any spare time but there are days when I just don’t feel like it at all. So how do most people find the time to stay fit? Here are a few ways to squeeze a workout into to your already busy life….

GET UP BEFORE THE KIDS. People that exercise in the morning are more likely to stick to it. Fact. What gets done in the morning stays done. If you leave it until later then the chances are that something else will come up that is (apparently) more important. Workout in the morning and you will be set up for the day, you’ll have ticked that box and when you get home from work you won’t have to drag yourself to the gym when you least feel like it. Plus, it won’t interfere with family life.

EXERCISE IN YOUR LUNCH BREAK. If you’re really not a morning person then a lunchtime workout may be more your thing. Remember you don’t have to be slogging away in the gym for an hour to get any benefits. A quick, but intense, 30 minute workout, or a 20 minute run around the block is all you need. Lunchtime workouts are great, not only are you saving time but you will also be more productive at work in the afternoon. And if there aren’t any shower facilities at work….a complete change of clothes and a packet of wet wipes will suffice!

SCHEDULE IT IN. Write it in your diary when you plan to exercise and treat it as a business appointment. Don’t let anything get in the way. It will help if you commit to exercising with a friend. You are far less likely to cancel as you won’t want to let your friend down.

HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER. To get the absolute best from your workouts. No time will be wasted doing exercises that aren’t right for you or your goals. A trainer will help make your workouts more efficient and your commitment to them, and them to you, will ensure you stay on track.

RUN ERRANDS. Literally. Run to the post office, cycle to the shops, run home from work. Leave the car behind whenever you can.

AND finally…….making your day more active in small ways can yield results. Little things like walking up the stairs (and escalator) instead of taking the lift, or speeding up a bit when you’re walking the dog, power walk or even break into a run for a minute. Do some squats while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, take stairs two at a time or run upstairs instead of using the downstairs cloakroom. It all adds up.

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