Everyone is busy and no one has spare time. That’s the story we tell ourselves and others. Between work, family life, listening to podcasts, and more work, we hardly have time to sleep, let alone exercise. But we need it now more than ever. Our jobs have us sitting at our desks hours a day, and our commutes mean we’re in a car or on the bus for another hour. So how do you find time for fitness?The answer is simply to make it a priority—and look for small windows to squeeze it in. You don’t stop eating because you’re too busy (at least not for long), so why stop working out? The good news is that it’s not that hard to fit in more exercise, you just need to set yourself up to make it easy. Here are a few ideas.
Run or bike to work
This one’s a no-brainer. It hardly adds any time to your schedule, since you’re simply substituting running or biking for a car or bus commute. If you live within six miles (10 kilometres) of your office, why not try running home, or biking both ways, one day a week? If you’re a jogger, just bring your shoes and running clothes on Monday and pick the first day that works. Don’t think you can run the whole way? Try taking the bus halfway, then jog the rest. Each week, get off the bus a bit further from home. You’ll get home energized and ready for a hearty, healthy meal.
Walk to get your groceries
How far do you live from a grocery store? If it’s within a mile or two, why not walk there and back? You’ll get some fresh air, exercise from the walk and from carrying groceries, and you’ll probably spend less money, since you won’t want to carry too much.
Try body weight exercises
You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to work out, you just need yourself. There is a lot of science around the benefits of high-intensity circuit training using only your body’s weight as resistance, doing exercises such as pushups, planks, squats and lunges. If you can carve out 20 minutes at a time, you can put together a serious workout that costs nothing and can be done from your living room.
Join a team
Can’t do it alone? No sweat. Joining a team or a club that gets together on a regular schedule is a great way to motivate you to prioritize exercise. Maybe it’s a pickup soccer game on weekends, or a badminton group at a community centre at lunchtime during the week. Most cities have running clubs for people of all levels. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you commit to being there. Putting a bit of money on the table to join will probably help keep you motivated to keep at it.
There are so many ways to fit in more fitness. Other tactics include keeping a spare set of workout gear in your car or at your desk. And get a fitness app to track your sessions—it’ll inspire you to keep at it. Above all, stop telling yourself that you don’t have time to exercise. You may have to dig for it a bit, but it’s there.
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