Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to make time for fitness? What if it was just a normal part of your day — and you didn’t have to think about it as something to fit in to your already too-busy schedule?
I know lots of people who’ve successfully made this leap in perspective. One guy I know rides his bike to work, 12 miles each way, 5 days a week. A co-worker goes running on her lunch break every day. And several neighbors walk around the lake with their dogs — a 2-mile loop – rain or shine, twice a day.
These people have done a great job of creating habits of regular physical activity. Because physical activity has become a ritual for them, they don’t have to spend too much time and energy thinking about how to make fitness happen — at this point, they’re on auto-pilot, and are reaping the benefits.
How could you build your workout into your day? Consider these ideas:
Workout first thing in the morning
You’ll start your day with an energy boost, a brain that’s primed for high-power thinking, and ensure that nothing will get in the way of your workout. Because, you’ve already done it.
Enjoy an active commute
Even if riding your bike to work isn’t practical, could you ride it to the bus stop? Could you walk to the bus stop? Could you park down the street from your office and walk the last mile each way?
Make your workout a part of your work day
Get to work early and walk 15-30 minutes around the block or around the building. Workout on your lunch break. After work, walk another 15-30 minutes. Or, join a gym and beat rush-hour traffic by working out before you head home.
Involve your family
Invite your spouse or partner to join you for a walk. Go outside and play with your kids. You can stay active and healthy and still spend time with the people you love.
Personally, I prefer morning workouts. Yes, I’m generally a morning person, so that helps. But I’ve learned that my mood is brighter and my thinking is sharper when I get an intense workout in the morning. For most of the year, it’s the only part of my day I can call my own, and I treasure this “me-time.” After work, my kids are home from school, dinner is in the works. There’s homework, sports, and other activities. After all that, I just want to relax.
Play around with exercising at different times of day and see what works best for you — then, stick with it. Before long, it’ll be a refreshing ritual that’s just a normal part of your day.
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