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Exercise must be a priority. But how do you fit working out into your already jammed schedule? With some careful planning, almost everyone has time to fit in some amount of exercise as part of their regular routine.
Keep track of how you spend your time on several typical days -- during the week and on the weekend. Then, think carefully about what you currently do with your time, and how you might fit in exercise. Try getting up earlier, going out after work, skipping television, or exercising during the day in ten-minute chunks. Think it's too boring? Invite a friend to go with you or watch a movie while you use the treadmill.
Here are some of the most common reasons for not exercising and alternative ways to think about them:
|"I don't have time."||Almost everyone has some time they can devote to exercise, even in the busiest of schedules. Get creative and find ways to be more active throughout the day.|
|"I'm too tired."||Exercise will give you more energy, not less. You may be surprised at how much more energy you have when you exercise.|
|"It's boring."||There are lots of ways to make exercise more fun. For tips, click here.|
|"I'm not good at sports."||You can do lots of activities without competing against others. Try walking with a friend, shopping, or ice-skating. Just go out there and have fun!|
|"It's too hot or cold outside."||If you dress appropriately, the weather should not affect your ability to exercise. For more on how to dress, click here.|
|"It's too hard."||Everyone has different abilities when it comes to physical activity. Do what feels right to you, and slow down if it feels too hard.|
|"I'm not fat."||The benefits of exercise go way beyond weight control -- EVERYONE needs exercise to be healthy.|
Deciding to exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself. But deciding must lead to doing, and this is where many people stumble. Fortunately, you can easily integrate exercise into your life if you are a little creative:
Plan on making physical activity a part of your everyday life. Do things you enjoy. Go for brisk walks. Ride a bike. Dance. Work around the house and in the yard. Trim your hedges without a power tool. Rake leaves. Climb stairs!
- From Feeling Fit For Life, National Institutes of Health