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10 Ways to Find Time for Exercise

Busting the #1 Exercise Excuse: Lack of Time

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RUTH571

3/7/2014 8:08:31 AM

Good article. I've recently found that I have more time to exercise when I only watch the tv shows that I really really like. 1/2 hour of tv, or 1/2 hour of exercise? Which will benefit me more - exercise always wins, and I still have time to watch the tv shows I really enjoy.

RACEWELLWON

1/20/2014 9:56:12 AM

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Great article - to train for this Tri in August I have had to cut back on Social Media at first I felt I was not being supportive but the reality is a Healthy Selfishness and better time management.

KEEPITSIMPLE_

1/15/2014 11:57:51 AM

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Great article! January is difficult because of the work stress and I'm worn out from long, stressful hours. It would be easy to just go to bed or hit the recliner. This challenge is great to help me keep going.

What I've been doing that's make a big difference in stress relief and an energy boost is right after work I let the dogs out and we go walking together (they need exercise too). I don't go back inside to get side tracked, instead I walk as fast I can stand it in order to get in at least 15 min before dark. Once I go in, I want to keep on going, and move on to routine exercise. I'll keep this habit up!

HHPPMOMMY

11/10/2013 10:59:33 PM

I LOVE this article. I have four children ages 5, 3, 14 months and 11 weeks! My youngest two are one year and two days apart. I used them as an excuse for too long. Granted I have to wait until evening to workout, I fit it in every day. Once the 14 month old goes down for bed the 5 year old loves to do Insanity with me. The three year old loves to stretch (she says it helps her in her ballet class lol) and the 11 week sits in the swing. Sometimes he cries and my husband and I take turns giving him a pacifier but he is fine to wait until we are done. It has become a family activity that everyone looks forward to. It works for us. We may have to alter times a few times a week for birthday parties, dance recitals, ball games, parent-teacher conferences, etc. but the kids actually keep us accountable. No more excuses for us. :)

ANIMEWRITER

11/2/2013 1:55:36 PM

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Love this article!!

DELLMEL

8/9/2013 4:55:38 PM

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Great article. I feel like you should have the time to exercise because you can find time for everything else.

BUNBUN2010

8/9/2013 1:55:29 PM

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I have a mini stepper I can use while watching an episode of my favorite show on Netflix:))) Very achievable!!

GLORIAMAJDI

8/9/2013 6:16:53 AM

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I get some exercise in pretty much every day....it's a rare day when I don't get something in, and most days it is 30 - 60 minutes. Some days it might end up being just a 15 minute walk...but I do get it in. But number 9 about treating it like a hobby because we always find ways to fit in our hobbies....that made me laugh. I have quite a few hobbies, and frankly, I don't do ANY of them any more, at least not much, because I NEVER have time. If I treated exercise like a hobby, I wouldn't do it either. Work and my commute take up the majority of my time and I am trying to find ways to alleviate that situation, but right now I don't have a good solution.

MOMMYOF2RN

7/4/2013 7:21:03 PM

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I treat working out like a job and refuse to be late or miss a day unless it's truly an unavoidable situation. I have even worked out at 11 pm when my normal time was slashed due to an ill child but I always make the time to work out because I love myself and my children and want to be around for many years to come:)

SUMTHINGSPECIAL

4/19/2013 3:23:57 PM

I save my tv watching time for workout time. I watch it only when I go down to workout. I work out on the treadmill - the bike or other things while watching. It distracts me from the "is it time to stop" question I usually get - and I usually workout longer because I want to wait until the program is over.

I don't do this every day - because other days I want to focus on my workout (step aerobics). However, if I intend to spend time doing something I don't like - treadmill - it is a good way to keep at it!

Sumay

RUNNINGINOR

1/26/2013 6:16:44 PM

This was a great article.

I have all the excuses in the world to not exercise: three kids with school/sports activities every night, a job, volunteer engagements. I schedule 4 days a week for running. They are an appointment. If it's raining, or I'm feeling tired, etc when I am ready to head out the door, I still head out the door. That is my allotted time to exercise, and I don't feel bad about making my exercise a priority! It always makes me a better wife, mother, and friend.

I have a good friend in the same situation. We are running partners, but we are also good friends. While we prefer to run together, we also trade off watching each other's kids so we can get the run in for the day. It's all about priorities when you play the "excuses" game.

JAVAMOM9

1/21/2013 11:57:47 AM

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Some of these suggestions are good for me to remember - especially stepping away from the media.

I am interested if there are suggestions for people who are caretakers for family members in their home. That's kind of my situation. I can wake up earlier, but not go anywhere because it would wake up my son, who needs me at home and has trouble sleeping enough. We have a loss of income because I can't work anymore - so I am looking for more common sense, low-cost ways to help make exercise part of my routine.

ALIDOSHA

1/20/2013 4:25:05 PM

A great article. I can pick up some very helpful ideas and try them on my own.

SKYVALLEYGAL

1/19/2013 9:48:56 AM

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Of all the suggestions made, I think making the committment to yourself is the most important. We all let everyone else's needs and wants take precedence over our own. If we don't take time for ourself to try and stay healthy how will we continue to fulfill everyone else's needs/

SIMPLYABUNDANT

1/19/2013 8:16:13 AM

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Thank you for the article. The one thing I would take issue with is the one about getting up earlier. Americans are sleep-deprived as it is, and lack of sleep can interfere with weight loss. If you need to get up earlier to get your exercise done in the A.M. for all of the good reasons listed here, it should go hand-in-hand with going to bed earlier in the evening to make up for it. The suggestion about cutting down on media time is a great one, however! Great article!

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