If you already have a fairly active lifestyle but would like to do more exercise, great! It?s likely that your fitness levels are already quite high. If time is your limiting factor, you can be creative about working more exercise into your daily routine.
First, actually scheduling time into you day to do your exercise is important. Too often, exercise is the first casualty in a busy schedule. If you treat your exercise like an important meeting that cannot be re-scheduled or interrupted, you will get a chance to do it and get into a regular routine. organizing to meet a friend is a good way to ensure that you actually do the exercise. Knowing that you will let your friend down if you don?t go is often the additional motivation you need to get out there and just do it!
Do you drive to work? Chances are that if you work in a city office block, traffic will be congested and you may be able to get to work in a similar time by jogging, walking or riding your bike. If doing the school drop off is what?s keeping you from fitting in your run before work, group together with a group of other parents and organize a carpool. This way, you will have one or two more free mornings or afternoons to slot in some time at the gym, or to get out and play sport. If you catch public transport to work, jump off a few stops early and walk the rest of the way. Just 15 minutes more each way gives you your total recommended exercise for the day!
If you have children, putting them in a stroller and going for a walk can be a great way of keeping them entertained and giving you some additional exercise. Getting involved in your children?s activities is another way to maximize your exercise time and also to bond with them. Join them in a game of tag, or jump with them on the trampoline. You?ll be having so much fun that you won?t even remember that you?re exercising!
Incorporating more exercise into your day does not have to be difficult. Small bouts of activity frequently add up to a significant amount of exercise by the end of the day. You owe it to yourself to exercise and stay healthy.