“You just don’t understand; I don’t have the time to exercise.” I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this as a reason for not joining my gym. I DO understand. I have three boys (all in different sports), a business to run, a household to keep clean, and a dog that enjoys keeping me occupied with scratching her behind the ears any time my hand hangs over the side of the couch. We are all busy. However, it is important to prioritize your life and figure out what makes you SO busy that you can’t spare 20-30 minutes to get yourself in better shape.
For those of us with children, it is necessary to be able to keep up with them. If you are chronically tired, it may mean that you just need to get up and get moving. For those of you with desk jobs, the sedentariness of your job will make you feel exhausted even though you are well-rested. Walking over your lunch break may not only wake you up for the rest of the day, but also get you burning calories!
In may be a good idea to try to organize your family’s busy schedule and learn how to time manage. For instance, your one son is playing football, the family needs to eat before the game, and you would like to take your dog for a walk. Throw dinner in a crock pot, take your dog (and your kids) for a quick walk, eat dinner, and get to your football game. Eating before the game will also keep you from over-snacking at the football game that evening.
Have a favorite TV show that you never miss? There’s 30-60 minutes you can spare right there. My husband and I regularly use our exercise bike to watch CSI in the evenings.
Make good use of your weekend time. Lots of us like to sleep in on the weekends, but if you give yourself 30 minutes of alone time before the kids get up for the day, you can put an exercise tape on, go for a run with your friends, or work out at your local gym.