Finding Time To Workout

Finding time to workout is difficult for most of us.  Life just keeps getting busier and busier and it’s hard to get an hour to yourself without distractions.  So how can you make the time to workout?

First of all, you should know how much exercise time you need.  It is recommended that you get 2.5 hours of cardiovascular exercise and 2 muscle strengthening workouts each week.  So let’s break that down.  You could get your cardio in on 3 days for 50 minutes apiece and lift on two days, but that’s up to five one hour blocks of time.  What if you don’t have that kind of time?

Well, there is some good news.  Studies have shown that breaking up your workouts can be just as beneficial than doing that same 50 or 60 minutes at a time, so you have some options.

How about a 20 minute brisk walk in the morning?  If you do that a few days a week you will knock off one hour right there.  Perhaps you can’t take an hour away from work during the day but you may be able to squeeze in a 30 minute routine over lunch.  Consider cardio and lifting in the same routine on that night where you have the extra time to do both.  If you like to watch your favorite show on TV at night, you can record it and watch it while on the treadmill, stationary bike, or while doing Pilates.  This is a great option for many people to get in a workout.

The bottom line is, you need to make exercise a priority and get it done.  If you let your workout be last in priority it will be the thing that does not happen.  If you make it a #1 priority you will succeed.  For some that may mean working out first thing in the morning before they get too busy.  For others it may mean hitting the weights as soon as the kids go to bed once the house quiets down.

Whatever the case, finding time to workout is not an impossible task.  Think about where you can find time in your day and get it done.

Lessons Learned:

  • for best results you need 2 1/2 hours of cardio and 2 muscle strengthening workouts per week
  • you can break up that time in increments as little as 10-15 minute to accommodate your schedule
  • find the time to workout that fits your schedule and get it done

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