10 Ways to Make Time for Exercise Even When You Don’t Have Time

Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Exercise and Fitness, Health with 2 Comments

Gaye Groover Christmus | The Huffington Post

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I am passionate (and perhaps slightly fanatic!) about encouraging women to exercise as part of their daily lives. It’s not that I’m training for a triathlon or getting ready to run a marathon (believe me, those things will never happen!). It’s just that I’ve learned the power of regular physical activity in a woman’s life, and I want other women to learn it too. I’m talking about the kind of power that leads to feeling better, looking better, maintaining a healthy weight, feeling sexier and managing stress more easily — the exact things most busy women desperately need in their lives.

The problem, of course, is time. Most women take on too many tasks every day — working, nurturing, teaching, coaching, transporting, shopping, cleaning — the list goes on and on. They simply don’t have time to exercise.


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Is that what you believe? If so, I want to challenge you to examine your beliefs. Because I think you’re wrong. You do have time to exercise — to get up and move your body almost every day — if you make it a priority. And if you can’t, let me gently 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 one of your priorities. You need it, and you deserve it.

But don’t wait to start until you’ve figured all of that out. 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. 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 your family outside for some active fun two or three times a week. Play Frisbee, soccer, or catch with the kids. Ride bikes together 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.


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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. If your children are young, load them up in a stroller or wagon. If they’re a little older, let them ride bikes while you walk. And if they’re old enough to stay home alone, take a walk with your husband or a friend. Do it regularly, and it will become one of your favorite activities. My husband and I used to walk a circuit around our property and our neighbor’s property every evening while our boys played outside. We just kept circling for about 30 minutes, which sounds boring, but it became a great time for us to talk and spend time together uninterrupted.

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