Find Time to exercise and feel the benefits throughout the day, week and year! It is very easy to find excuses. You can carry on through life without any firm commitments. But if you really want to get fit and lose weight, finding time to exercise is key.
Last week we looked at exercising when you are food shopping. Checking your motivation level. Even exercising when you are sitting down! This week we will look at other ways to find time to exercise. If you missed it –Find Time To Exercise Part 1, check it out here!
Find Time To Exercise With Friends
We love meeting our friends and having a catch-up. You do not need to sacrifice your exercise time to see friends. you can actually do both at the same time. Not only are you killing the proverbial two birds with one stone, but you are helping your friend as well 🙂
Instead of meeting for breakfast or lunch, suggest going for a walk together. It does not have to be a hardcore trek. Go somewhere that is all on one level. Then you can walk for as long as you like together.
By all means, you can stop for a coffee/tea. But make sure that the walking part is the main focus.
To make it an even greater experience for you both, you could opt to go to a new dance class or yoga class together. Trying a new exercise stimulates the brain and body. It also creates a new topic of discussion for you both. This great article from Consumer Reports talks about exercises that are good for brain health.
Set Your Alarm Clock 1 Hour Earlier
Yes! Sounds scary, doesn’t it?
Start setting your alarm clock 1 hour earlier, a few days week. It might be difficult getting out of bed for the first few times. But you will soon get used to it and you will start looking forward to it. With that extra time, you can go for a walk. If it is raining there is no excuse. Put on an exercise video on YouTube and get going!
After you have exercised and showered you will realise that you still have the whole day ahead of you. You will feel a sense of accomplishment as you have exercised. Studies have shown that an early morning exercise can help activate your metabolism. Super bonus.
Stairs vs Lifts
You know the usual situation. You see the stairs, but you also see the lift. Without realising it you are already mentally assessing which one you will pick. Throw your indecision aside and go straight for the stairs. You are still using the time to go up the stairs, but more importantly, it is exercise time.
Take your time and handle each flight at a time. You do not have to rush. The stairs are not going anywhere, and neither is your destination. So take it slowly.
Stairs are tiring, but when you get to the top (or bottom) you will feel great. Tired…but great! 🙂
Stepjockey has an informative article about a unique form of exercise called Stair Climbing. Worldwide studies have shown that climbing 8 flights of stairs daily, lowers the average early mortality risk by an incredible 33%! Find the time to manage stairs and enjoy the healthy benefits.
So, as you can see, it is not difficult to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Next time you feel an excuse coming on, remember what you can do and do it!
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