4 Simple Ways to Make Time for Exercise
We all have reasons for not wanting to workout. I'm tired. It's so inconvenient. Too cold out. Squeezing in time to work out is daunting for many people, says Kimberly Spencer, motivational speaker and the founder of CrownYourself.com. “Studies show that enhanced productivity and energy come from working out. So, carving out that time may be exactly what you need.”
One 30-minute workout takes up just 4 percent of your day, studies show. That, coupled with the mountains of research strongly indicates:
- Daily exercise increases lifespan and boosts immunity,
- Consistent workouts help you stay happier and healthier, and
- Regular bouts at the gym or in a yoga studio help decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes.
Schedule Exercise as a Daily Priority
Oftentimes, we put ourselves on the back burner. Our families and jobs become priorities when our health should be our focus. It is not selfish to make your health and wellness a priority in your life. In fact, it’s one of the most notable things you can do for your loved ones.
Once you’re in the mindset of putting yourself first, take the steps to make exercise mandatory by scheduling it into your day, from your phone or on your computer - just as you would schedule an important work meeting or doctor’s appointment. “Scheduling it is the simplest thing you can do,” says Alex Tauberg, owner and founder of Tauberg Chiropractic and Rehabilitation. “Find the spots in your schedule where you have a break and put your workout time right there.”
Physically writing it on your day planner or work schedule makes you more likely to just do it! “Instead of just hoping to find the time, you actually know in advance when you should be doing what,” says Tauberg. “This not only makes finding the time to workout easier but it helps your whole week become more seamless.”
You may not be competitive by nature, but a study in the Journal of Preventive Medicine found that attendance rates in competitive exercise groups — think boot camp class — was 90 percent higher than in the control groups. When you get the competitive bug, you’re more likely to find the time to workout – and stick with it.
Keep it short
It can be overwhelming to jump into a new workout routine and even more overwhelming to commit to working out for an hour-plus a few days a week. The good news is that working out 30 minutes or less each day can result in the same health benefits as a longer, less intense workout. In fact, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) — an intense workout period, which can range from five seconds to eight minutes repeated over a period of time — not only allows you to squeeze in a workout in a small window, but also contributes to a longer lifespan.
Ask the fitness manager in your Cal Fit club about our Body Fit training sessions and other big motivators that may enable you to take the time to carve exercise from your busy day, and help you de-stress and manage your weight.