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10 Ways to Find Time for Exercise

Busting the #1 Exercise Excuse: Lack of Time


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  • The exercise I avoid is strength training so I put my set of dumbbells right in front of the TV. I can work out with them AND follow my favorite shows at the same time.

    The article itself is great, however I CRINGE at the photo of the high heeled shoe. Wearing those things has impaired women for decades. What we are conditioned to do for fashion amazes me. Watching my mother and her sisters hobble around in their later years has been so sad.
    This article has been a huge help when covering the topic of making time for exercise. I am in total agreement that the hardest part of working out in a gym is going to one. There are many variables when deciding when to work out. Some variables include driving, getting ready, finding a partner to go with etc. I have found that a solid consistent routine is key for continuous fitness. I have really enjoyed this article and the comments left below. Often times people forget the simple activity of planning when it comes to fitness.

    When it comes to creating specific goals with realistic time management measurable actions are needed. Check out this article on MFitness for more info...
  • Ever since I have my smartphone and add game apps, I started to get less of my exercise time, I get so distracted that mere minutes turn to hours of online! This article reminds me of what I've lose - fitness time for myself!
  • Good suggestions. Thanks
  • I can actually use some of these suggestions. Thank you.
    Good article. I've recently found that I have more time to exercise when I only watch the tv shows that I really really like. 1/2 hour of tv, or 1/2 hour of exercise? Which will benefit me more - exercise always wins, and I still have time to watch the tv shows I really enjoy.
    Great article - to train for this Tri in August I have had to cut back on Social Media at first I felt I was not being supportive but the reality is a Healthy Selfishness and better time management.
  • Great article! January is difficult because of the work stress and I'm worn out from long, stressful hours. It would be easy to just go to bed or hit the recliner. This challenge is great to help me keep going.

    What I've been doing that's make a big difference in stress relief and an energy boost is right after work I let the dogs out and we go walking together (they need exercise too). I don't go back inside to get side tracked, instead I walk as fast I can stand it in order to get in at least 15 min before dark. Once I go in, I want to keep on going, and move on to routine exercise. I'll keep this habit up!
    I LOVE this article. I have four children ages 5, 3, 14 months and 11 weeks! My youngest two are one year and two days apart. I used them as an excuse for too long. Granted I have to wait until evening to workout, I fit it in every day. Once the 14 month old goes down for bed the 5 year old loves to do Insanity with me. The three year old loves to stretch (she says it helps her in her ballet class lol) and the 11 week sits in the swing. Sometimes he cries and my husband and I take turns giving him a pacifier but he is fine to wait until we are done. It has become a family activity that everyone looks forward to. It works for us. We may have to alter times a few times a week for birthday parties, dance recitals, ball games, parent-teacher conferences, etc. but the kids actually keep us accountable. No more excuses for us. :)
  • Love this article!!
  • Great article. I feel like you should have the time to exercise because you can find time for everything else.
  • I have a mini stepper I can use while watching an episode of my favorite show on Netflix:))) Very achievable!!
  • I get some exercise in pretty much every's a rare day when I don't get something in, and most days it is 30 - 60 minutes. Some days it might end up being just a 15 minute walk...but I do get it in. But number 9 about treating it like a hobby because we always find ways to fit in our hobbies....that made me laugh. I have quite a few hobbies, and frankly, I don't do ANY of them any more, at least not much, because I NEVER have time. If I treated exercise like a hobby, I wouldn't do it either. Work and my commute take up the majority of my time and I am trying to find ways to alleviate that situation, but right now I don't have a good solution.
  • I treat working out like a job and refuse to be late or miss a day unless it's truly an unavoidable situation. I have even worked out at 11 pm when my normal time was slashed due to an ill child but I always make the time to work out because I love myself and my children and want to be around for many years to come:)
    I save my tv watching time for workout time. I watch it only when I go down to workout. I work out on the treadmill - the bike or other things while watching. It distracts me from the "is it time to stop" question I usually get - and I usually workout longer because I want to wait until the program is over.

    I don't do this every day - because other days I want to focus on my workout (step aerobics). However, if I intend to spend time doing something I don't like - treadmill - it is a good way to keep at it!


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