5 Ways to Make More Time for Exercise

We all know how important exercise is for our health, but it can be hard to squeeze it in amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. What with work, kids and social commitments, exercise can often take a backseat in your list of priorities.

If you want to be more active but can’t see how your schedule will allow it, take a look at our 5 ways to make more time for exercise.

1 – Ditch the ‘All or Nothing’ Mindset

With both fitness and nutrition, it’s easy to fall into the ‘all or nothing’ mindset. Many of us find ourselves in one of two extremes: a strict diet and exercise regime full of unsatisfying foods and exhausting gym sessions, or a complete blow-out where we end up overdoing it.

So, you don’t have time to dedicate an hour every day to exercise? It doesn’t mean you should avoid exercise altogether. ANY exercise is good for your mind and body, not matter what form it takes or how long you do it for. You don’t have to dedicate yourself to a gruelling routine to start slipping more exercise into your life. Start small, and you’ll be able to keep it up for longer and start noticing big changes.

2 – Walk as Much as Possible

Walking is a great way to get your heart rate up and burn extra calories. If you live within walking distance of work, strap on some comfortable running shoes and enjoy a brisk walk twice a day. If you commute, park your car further away or get off the bus a few stops earlier and walk the rest.

Take the stairs instead of the lift, walk the dog more often and see how many of your errands you can get done on foot. A pedometer is a great way to keep track of how much you’re walking – aim for 10,000 steps per day.

3 – Get the Whole Family Involved

Solitary gym sessions can be a bit lonely and make exercising seem like a chore. Get the family involved and you’ll spend quality time with your loved ones and get fit at the same time.

Run around with the kids at the park and plan active family days out like swimming and cycling.

4 – Get Stuck in to Active Chores

Household chores are one the best ways to get a full body workout. Choose activities that’ll make you sweat, such as gardening, hoovering or finally clearing out the shed, and really throw yourself into it. Kill two birds with one stone and get fit while being productive at the same time.

5 – Do an Activity You Love

Exercise shouldn’t be making you miserable. Find an activity that really brings you joy and it will be easy to make time for it.

Try new fitness classes at the gym – there are tons of options out there for all levels and ages. Take up a new sport or treat workouts as time for socialising by finding yourself a gym buddy. A positive attitude can go a long way when it comes to building your fitness, and if you enjoy the activity, you’re more likely to stick to it and see long term positive results. If you love it, you’ll stick to it.

By adding more exercise into your daily routine, you’ll start to notice a big change in your fitness and energy levels over time. Have fun and good luck!

Rob Lis

FreeGym Founder. Loves football, running, spin and dabbles in HIIT. Rob created FreeGym to help people keep fit, for less. Instagram: @freegymco

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