Finding the Time for Exercise

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Wanting to stay fit is easy. It is the doing part that makes it hard. Many people make plans to fit in at least a half hour or one of fitness workout every day. But busy schedules and other varied reasons often make it seem impossible to follow through. The trouble with letting being busy get in the way of exercise is that it may become habitual. If left unchecked, it could stop you from achieving your health and fitness goals. Here are some ideas on how to make time for a workout regardless of how busy your day gets.

1. Get quality sleep. The trick to finding time to exercise is to improve the quality of your sleep. Lack of sleep makes you feel tired and less inclined to exercise the next day. Figure out how many hours of sleep you need to give your mind and body ample time to rest. If you want to make time for exercise, set a regular sleep-wake schedule that allows for at least 30 minutes of workout before you officially start your day.

2. Wake up early. There are many perks in starting your day earlier than most people do. Many highly successful people in their respective fields reveal daily routines that start very early in the morning, which usually includes doing at least an hour of exercise or physical activity they enjoy. The quickest way to find time to exercise is to set your alarm earlier than you usually do, get out of bed when it goes off, and exercise at home or hit the gym to begin your day with a good workout.

3. Stretch and move. Not everyone bounces out of bed cheerfully after the alarm goes off. Some require a lot of willpower to peel themselves off their beds. A great way to get your flowing and avoid the temptation to go back to bed is to stretch your muscles. You can also learn yoga so you could combine meditation and exercise to start your morning right.

4. Find ways to keep moving. If at-home exercise before you leave for work seems nearly impossible, you can take advantage of your daily commute to get the workout you need. Stretch your walking time by choosing the farthest parking spot from your office building. If you commute by bus or subway, you can get off at least one or two stops earlier so you can walk or run the rest of the way.

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