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5 Ways to Make Time for Exercise

When things start getting hectic in our lives, exercise seems to be the last thing most of us make time for. The thing is if you stand back and change a few small things in your life, you can easily make time for exercise.

Here are five simple ideas for making time to exercise:

  1. Skip one TV show a night. One less show, means less time on the couch, which could give you 30 minutes to an hour of exercise time.
  2. Make the most out of commercials. When you do watch TV, do sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, etc during commercials.
  3. Take your dog for a walk. Seriously. Instead of just letting him out to do his business, actually take him out and walk him around the neighborhood for 30 minutes. You, and your four-legged friend, will be happy you did.
  4. Keep track of your time. You may have more free time than you think so track your time for a few days and you may be able to see areas where you can squeeze in a workout.
  5. After dinner, make an after dinner walk with the family something you do all the time. Instead of posting up on the couch after dinner (and staying there until you fall asleep), go for a walk around the neighborhood. My husband and I use this time to catch up on the day. Plus, pushing a double stroller adds another element to it and we all feel great afterwards.


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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
What if you work out for a long time in the morning and then do an hour or so of shopping in the afternoon, are you allowed to sit on your BUTT at night and watch TV?
saffron13 saffron13 9 years
how about tips on motivation when you've worked like a 10+ hour day.. sometimes I don't make it home until after like 8 or 9pm, and trying to squeeze in eating and working out, and getting a decent nites rest.. well as you can imagine, the working out and the sleep totally get compromised.. and so the vicious cycle continues.. and yea, i know "get up early" but i've tried and it doesn't work..
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
he after-dinner walk is great. i love going for a walk in the evening - so quiet and gives me energy to study in the evening rather than watch a movie or play games.
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 9 years
i got to the gym during dr phil each day ( i get out of work at 345 and he is on at 5) so that i have something to entertain me on the machines... good bless the tv on the exercise machines!
prinzes3006 prinzes3006 9 years
lol! I agree with Corkie :rotfl:
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
You could also cut down on internet use. I'm sure that would be hard for most people who go to this website.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
I have a few shows that I watch and I tivo them. That way, I can watch them and only them (not channel surf). I do the stretching, push-ups, sit-ups, etc. during commercial breaks. It looks goofy, but it really does make a difference. girls, your motivation could be health, happiness, more stamina and energy--plus many more things that I can't even think of right now!
prettypopj prettypopj 9 years
i am going to try some of these but c0rkie is right-i neeed motivation x
valepere valepere 9 years
I'm with c0rkie too! haha I wish I had my own pool as well! I loooove swimming! And I used it as an excuse for over one year to be lazy :S But I said enough! and I have gotten some yoga and pilates videos and now I am proud of myself! I do half and hour to one hour exercise everyday! It really feels good!
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
I'm with c0rkie. There needs to be a motivation post.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
cOrkie! To motivate yourself to exercise you have to choose an exercise form you really enjoy and have fun doing. So if it is swimming, join a swimming club! Yeah I know it would be nice with your own pool but if you don't have it then you have to do it another way... I would generally recommend you not to do stuff you don't like, if you hate running get on your bike etc... That's the best way to keep doing it. And maybe find a swimming buddy too, that helps a lot the days you want to skip because you don't if you know your buddy will be waiting for you.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
I will go further and have one great recommendation: skip TV totally! Be honest with yourself and take a look at how much time you use in front of the TV every day. I said be honest!! For many it is not half an hour or an hour it is hours! Hours and hours everyday! Forget the TV and you suddenly have plenty of time to exercise! I personally will never understand how people manage to waste away their free time in front of the TV..., I personnally always think my time is too precious for TV!
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
i think u need to post a 5 ways to motivate ourselves to exercise. lol i need that......... i wish i have my own private pool. i'm more incline to go swimming than any other sporty activity.
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