Too Busy to Exercise? Think Again!

Time management tips for exercise and weight loss

Time is a valuable commodity. The demands of family, career and school take their toll on your schedule, so you weed out those tasks that seem non-essential. But if physical activity has fallen into that category, it’s time to re-evaluate – for some good reasons.

Physically active people need less sleep and:

  • The stimulus exercise provides helps you think clearly and work more efficiently.
  • Physical activity helps to prevent mental and physical fatigue.
  • Active people better manage stress.
  • Physical activity improves cardiovascular, orthopedic and musculoskeletal fitness.

You don’t have to get pumped at a health club or commit to a daily aerobics class to realize the benefits of exercise. You can exercise at home, during your daily work routine in the office, at your desk, or during your lunch errands. Here are a few tips to help you make time for yourself.

Taking time by making time

  • Create a schedule. Put it in your appointment book or planner.
  • Pick a time that works for you. If you’re a morning person, integrate some form of physical activity into your morning routine. A brisk walk is a great way to start the day!
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Deliver that memo instead of dropping it interoffice mail. Park farther away from entrances.
  • Get out of the office and lunch time and enjoy a brisk walk in the fresh air. You’ll clear your head and get a healthy workout at the same time.
  • Choose recreation that makes exercise fun, like in-line skating, dancing, biking, bowling, hiking and camping.

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