5 Ways To Fit “Fitness” Into Your Life
We are all busy these days. For most people, it’s very hard to find time to be active. Society is just not set up that way anymore. It’s tough. But there are a few tricks to beating the system.
You want to get moving more? Here are a few ideas…
1. As cliché as it may sound, the little things DO count. Walking a little further from your car to the mall, or taking the stairs instead of the escalator, or doing a set of squats while you are chatting on the phone – don’t overlook these moments of opportunity. They add up.
2. Have breakfast for dinner. If you are one of those people who is just not getting up at 5 a.m. to exercise – and I sure as heck know I’m not – then you will have to fit it in sometime during the rest of your day. When time is very limited, it’s often necessary to adjust your priorities. So instead of taking the time to make an elaborate supper (and if you know me, you’ll know that I use the term “elaborate” very loosely LOL), I’ll have an egg sandwich with avocado, or a bowl of quinoa with apple and raisins – something very easy to make. And yes, the kids get the same. We’ve had pancakes for dinner on many, many, many occasions. Then I’ll head out for a run or a long walk instead of slaving away in the kitchen.
3. Build your workout into your errands. I love this one and I do it all the time. If I need to mail a letter, and pick up a few things from the drug store, instead of driving, I’ll grab my running shoes and a backpack and off I go. If I have to do a small grocery shop, I’ll walk to the store, and then carry the four or five bags home. Carrying heavy stuff is great for your core.
4. Buy a video. For a lot of people, they just can’t get motivated on their own. And if you can’t get to a place where other people will guide you, one option is to buy an exercise video. Better yet, rent one from the library. They always have lots. Try out a bunch, and see which ones you like best. Then it’s really as simple as turning on the television. Half an hour, forty-five minutes later, and you are finished.
5. Bribe yourself. I do this often. And I don’t want to hear, “You should just enjoy being active.” OK, whatever. There have been times – years, even – when I just wanted to lay on the couch. I know I’m not alone in that. When my kids were really little – like newborn, two and three years old - and my husband was working a hundred hours a week, I just wanted to sleep. Exercising was very much a forced endeavor. There were also many days when I was trapped inside – when the kids were sick or when taking them out in blizzard weather was just too much. In order to facilitate some kind of workout (and yes, I did those videos we talked about earlier), I also bought myself an exercise bike, and I’d ride it while watching television. I told myself – no bike, no Seinfeld. For me, it was a no-brainer. I loved Jerry. I still do. So I biked and watched, and biked and watched, and all was good. My advice: do whatever it takes to get yourself moving – and if that means giving yourself some kind of reward or setting up some kind of trade off so it will get done, then go for it. FYI, these days, my bribe is chocolate.