How to Fit Exercise in a Busy Day

by Marie on October 7, 2013 · 3 comments

We all know we should exercise more, yet most of us have sedentary jobs and home lives. Your day is filled with deadlines, family time, home chores and business needs – and most of them involve a chair or a car seat. How in the heck are we supposed to keep our bodies healthy?

Here are a few ways I was able to keep up with family, home and profession and still exercise.

Do it first.

Get up and get at it. If you exercise first thing in the morning, research has shown that you are more apt to be consistent in continuing.

Web MD author Jeanie Lerche Davis in Lose Weight With Morning Exercise says:

“But by starting your morning with physical activity, you set the day’s pace, Bryant says. “Morning exercisers tend to stick with their exercise habit,” he says. “By doing the bulk of exercise first thing in the morning, you get your exercise in before other distractions can intrude. We can all relate to that — because once the day gets going, it’s hard to get off the treadmill called life.” “

I started a morning exercise routine in 1984 and have continued exercising most every morning since then (even after retiring!). Even mornings when I didn’t feel well, or was very rushed got at least a passing nod of exercise, no matter how brief or easy the routine.

Make it convenient.

The easier your exercise fits into your routine, the more likely you are to do it. I liked to use home routines involving DVDs or tapes.

Use your lunch hour.

Instead of going with the gang out to eat, get a small group together and walk your city! Go a different route each day and explore while you talk and build relationships.

My first job was located next to an outdoor skating rink. In fall, winter and early spring I skated (at a discounted rate) for most of my lunch hour.

Later, I walked all over town. I went to the farmer’s market in town, shopped antique stores, walked to tourist attractions and just walked.

Join the company’s Corporate Challenge team and work with other competitors on your lunch hour to build your winning team. I started jogging at age 50 and was quickly recruited to join the track team (no I wasn’t fast, just old – not much competition!). Groups of us suited up and jogged together to build stamina and speed.

Find a gym close to work.

For many years I was a member of the downtown YMCA which had a workout facility. Not only was I able to use the machines, I also partook of the various classes and since many of my co-workers also were members, I networked too!

Don’t sit down after supper.

It is so tempting once the dishwasher is loaded and the kids are bedded down for the night – to plump your seat down on the couch. Resist! Walk the dog, weed the garden, ride your bike, lift some weights, jump rope…. just don’t do it immediately before you hope to go to sleep.

I once set out to loose weight. Every night after I fixed dinner, I would hop on my bike and ride 20 miles (in the summer only). I lost 30 pounds that year.

Do your own….

Do your own house work and yard work. Don’t let someone else get the benefit from those calorie burning sessions! You are killing two birds with one stone – getting some work done and getting some exercise! It is a win-win for you, plus, you may save some money as well.

Want to know how many calories you might burn cleaning your house? Check out this calculator from Self .

How about yard work? Self has that covered with another calculator.

Remember when you were in college? You walked everywhere, all over campus, then when class was out, you went and played tennis or football or swam. Perhaps you can arrange your life now to force yourself to be active. What if you could live somewhere that you could walk to work? What if you were able to safely ride your bike to the bus stop, load it on the bus and get to work that way? What if you could walk to the bank or the grocery or the dentist?

Unfortunately most places in America today aren’t set up to be walker friendly.

How do you fit exercise into your busy day?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Money Beagle October 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I’m about a month into having joined a gym, and I wake up at 5am and go in to start at 5:30am. It’s the only way I can even hope to maintain consistency. Except for my alarm not being loud enough one morning (I have it on the radio) and sleeping past my required wake up time, it’s worked great.

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2 Marie at Family Money Values October 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Good for you! Get up and get it out of the way.

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3 Kevin Watts @ GraduatingFromDebt.com October 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Recently, I joined gym. However, I do not get motivation for it. What would be your suggestion to get motivated for exercise.

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