10 Ways To Fit Movement Into Your Schedule


I am passionate and some would say slightly fanatic about fitting exercise into your busy schedule. The truth is, we all have the same amount of time in the day - you just are not making exercise a priority in your life. May sounds harsh, but really examine your life. How much time do you spend on social media? Do you think you could use some of that time to exercise?

I get it, you're probably saying - "you don't know my busy schedule" You are right. I don't. But I do know that you have time, you just are not choosing yourself. I told a client this week that taking care of yourself is not selfish - instead it needs to be a priority. How do you expect to take care of everyone else if you can't take care of you?

I want to encourage you to take a hard look at your schedule, and assess your priorities. Because you OWE it to your body, mind, spirit and family to make exercise a priority. You need it, and you deserve it. Honestly, it is okay to say that.

Here are 10 ways to make time for exercise -- even when you don't have time. Try one or two this week, and identify others that fit your schedule.

1. If you have kids walk while your children are at sports practices or other activities. Never sit on the bleachers at soccer, baseball, or football practice! Invite other parents to walk and make it a social activity. Or walk alone and use the time to think or just unwind. When your children have indoor activities, find a place to walk nearby, even if it's just around the block.

2. Get outside for some active fun two or three times a week. Play Frisbee, soccer, or catch. Ride bikes around the neighborhood. Shoot hoops or hit a tennis ball around. On the weekends or when you have a little more time, take a hike or ride bikes on a trail. Or just get outside and enjoy nature.

3. Find several exercise programs you can do at home (online or DVD) and do one of them a couple of times a week. Keep shorter (15-20 minutes) and longer (30-40 minutes) programs on hand to fit the time you have available.

4. Take regular walks around your neighborhood. Do it regularly, and it will become one of your favorite activities. It's a great way to get outside and get your feet moving

5. If you work outside your home, take a walk during your lunch hour or find a place in your building to do a light workout.

6. Dance! Dance around the house, dance with a video, dance with your significant other.

7. Get up 20-30 minutes earlier several days a week and exercise before you start your day. Walk, run, stretch, or do yoga -- anything that gets you moving.

8. Join a fitness center or exercise class. Look for inexpensive options before you join a pricey gym -- there is a local large church that offers extremely cheap memberships to its fitness center (for anyone, not just church members).

9. Do active chores -- work in the garden, rake the yard, wash the car. Get the kids involved. Do the same kinds of chores for an elderly relative or neighbor.

10. If you really have difficulty fitting exercise into your schedule, consider buying a treadmill. Yes, it's an investment, but it can yield big dividends. No matter what the weather or time of day, we can always fit in some exercise.

Fitting exercise into your busy schedule is hard, but it's well worth the effort. Try it for a month. I think you'll find that it pays you back many times over, and in ways you never expected.

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Have a great week Warrior!