"How to Squeeze Exercise Plans
into Your Busy Day"

Here's how to get past barriers and squeeze exercise plans into your busy day. 

Frequent exercise is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle with many benefits to physical activity...Very important to get it in...

Unfortunately, life in general can and does present several difficult barriers to sticking with and getting proper amounts of physical activity. 

Not enough hours in the day - Barrier #1

One of the main, and probably the most common barrier that hinder well-intended folks from exercising is time. You've likely said it during a busy day of commotion, "If there were only more hours in day!”

Maybe you are a busy professional, entrepreneur, business owner, or full time caregiver, you may find that time is one thing you have very little of. However, there are ways to work in your exercise plans with some careful managing.

Incorporating change is always hard, but planning is going to be your best aid.

Examine your daily routine and see where you can “trim the fat” and find that time for your routine.

  • Set aside dedicated time every day for your exercise plans, and let nothing interfere with that “sacred” time. The key is to stay consistent!
  • Find a way to multi-task.
  • Get up earlier. Studies show the most ideal time is during the beginning of a day.
  • Skip long lunch breaks in favor of 30 minutes of walking - making for a quick, healthy lunch.
  • Write out your plans ahead of time around your schedule. Knowing ahead of time what you want to do makes for smoother transition once you begin.

Getting Started with exercise plans - Barrier #2

Another barrier is getting started. The first day is always going to be the most difficult, as your body will need to adjust to the extra demand being placed on it..

If you find yourself facing the tiredness of getting through your first day, here are some ways you can overcome this barrier:

  • Do something that you find enjoyable for your first day, such as playing sports, cycling, or walking with a friend. Once you are over the hump of the first day, it will get easier. However you must be consistent!
  • Start out easy. Don’t jump into heavy weight lifting or marathon training. Start slowly and work your way up. The margin for injury is too great and it is not worth injuring yourself over. Be sure to incorporate some stretching afterward if you can.
  • Be mentally tough. Set a goal and reach for it. Be willing to push yourself. This is how you get results!  Results are what create the boost to continue!

Staying Committed - Barrier #3…

The most difficult thing that any busy person will face is the tendency to let the exercise plans slip within a few days, weeks, or months.

Staying committed is the hardest thing that you will encounter, as there will always be “valid” excuses as to why something is crowding out your time. Staying committed will not be easy; however, the results are worth it. Here are a few tips to help you in this area:

  • Chart your progress.
  • Keep a diary of each day.
  • Keep track of repetitions, amount of weight lifted, distances covered.
  • Then do a comparison at the end of 6-8 weeks for the results.

  • Sign up for a class or course where there is minor consequence to not attending, such as losing out on rewards, money. Sometimes negative motivation is necessary to force you to make changes for the better.
  • Make a commitment to learning something new for your effort. Martial arts, yoga, dance classes, and special training courses can help you to keep your eye on the prize and stay committed to your healthy "lifestyle" changes.

Sticking with your exercise plans is life changing, and above all, is the benefit of feeling vibrant, alive and healthy. Squeeze it in.

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