“I just don’t have any time” is the number one excuse most people use when it comes to exercising. I get it, we all have busy lives and plenty of other priorities that need to be taken care of. That being said though, exercising is not a job, you don’t need to be in a gym facility or in a fitness class for 8 hrs. A little bit goes a long way. Perhaps you only have 10-30 min a day to exercise and that is fine. There are plenty of effective workouts you can do in a short period of time that would not interfere with your busy schedule (see article on HIIT).
So what can you do to get yourself started on the right track? Here are a few easy steps:
1. Make little changes in your daily routine
If you live in an apartment building or work in a building with stairs. Instead of using the elevator, take the stairs. (This may be difficult if you are having to go up 12-30 flights of stairs but still challenge yourself. Take the elevator half-way then finish the other half with the stairs, or vice versa, either or GET MOVING)
2. Get out and get smell the fresh air
If you are lucky enough to live in an area where everything is close by then get outside and walk or bike to your destination instead of driving.
(Ex. Local grocery store, post office or even a friends house)
3. Get the family involved
Perhaps your a busy parent with kids to take care of and entertain. Try playing a game with them that requires some sort of physical activity. Game consoles can be found in almost every family home nowadays (Nintendo Wii or Xbox Kinect) that allow you to play a variety of motion control activity games. Some challenging and other light and fun. Not only will this help you get the exercise you need, it will also give you fun quality time with the people you love most.
Remember you don’t need to make drastic changes to get active, sometimes a little goes a long way especially for those who are new to exercising. Persistence is key, so set goals that are attainable for you, start with something is easy enough to commit and execute then work your way up from there.