More than ever before, it is difficult to find time to exercise. You have your work commitments, and your duties to your family are many. Somewhere in there you have to find time for personal hobbies, charities, and spending time with your friends, and of course you need to get plenty of sleep every night.
This does not leave a lot of wiggle room for you to create the time needed to work out and stay fit. No doubt you understand the marvelous benefits that come from exercise, both mentally and physically. So put into practice these unusual ways to create exercise time if you catch yourself missing too many scheduled workouts.
Exercise while you are on a conference call
One unusual way to create time for exercising makes efficient use of those mind numbing conference calls and teleseminars you may be forced to endure. Instead of just sitting in your office chair for an hour while sales numbers and projections are discussed, use this time to lift weights or pound out a few reps of sit-ups, crunches and deep knee bends. You can still interact through your speakerphone or wireless headset, and you may actually start looking forward to your next conference call.
Hey, no one said exercising had to be boring. Hitting the dance floor does not feel like exercise. But when you use this fun time to focus on energetic dance moves, you can turn a simple dance-date into a fun and romantic exercise session.
Park the car
How can parking your car give you time to work out? Easy, start walking instead of driving whenever you can. This may mean a simple walk to the corner store or walking your child to school in the morning instead of dropping her off. When you start to combine more walking with less driving in your life, you benefit the environment and your physical fitness as well.
Set your alarm 20 minutes earlier
This one might sound tough at first. But when human beings practice a behavior or action for 17 to 21 times in a row, it begins to become unconscious habit. For 2 to 3 weeks it may be tough to wake up 20 minutes earlier so you can exercise. But this soon becomes a wonderful habit that will get you feeling better and more alert at the start of each and every day.
Turn your living room into a gymnasium
If you cannot wait to watch the next episode of Survivor or Dancing with the Stars, that does not mean you need to stay on the couch. Turn your living room into an exercise center. There is no limit to the amount of exercise you can get in your living room while you are frying your brain with reality TV.
Workout on your lunch break
This one is a no-brainer. Instead of spending your lunch break driving to the local fast food joint and scarfing down some unhealthy junk food, start packing your own lunch. Not only will you eat healthier, but you will free up time that you used to waste driving back and forth from your lunchtime destination. That time can be effectively used exercising at your workstation or taking a 20 minute walk.
Add hand weights to your treadmill or walking session
If you are walking around the park with a friend or simply hitting your treadmill, why not grab some hand weights? This improves the quality of your exercise and basically doubles your workout effort and physical benefits without doubling your time expenditure.