Suggestions For Making Time To Exercise

FAQ - Ideas on how to find time to get extra movement.

Here are a few ideas on how to make extra time for exercise. 

1. Review your daily schedule to identify possible exercise breaks in the day. 

2. Wake up 30 minutes earlier each morning to fit in a quick workout. 

3. Walk, run or bike to work if possible. 

4. Increase your intensity during regular household chores, such as cleaning, mowing and shopping. 

5. Work out on an exercise bike, elliptical trainer or treadmill while you watch television.
6. Schedule regular active family time in the evenings and on weekends. Take a nightly walk around the neighborhood, ride bikes or go hiking in a natural area. This combines family bonding time and exercise, increasing your entire family’s health. 

7. Write your exercise time on your calendar or in your planner to make it more of a commitment. 

8. Workout with a partner, someone who will hold you accountable, this makes it harder to cancel your workouts.

9. If you have to drive to work, park farther away - take a walk during your lunch break.

10. Take the stairs, avoid elevators or escalators.

Ultimately, you want to find some type of “extra movement” that is FUN and you ENJOY and do it every day. Extra movement doesn’t include things you would normally do in a day, (like house work) Your metabolism adjusts to your normal everyday tasks so you have to go above and beyond those.

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