10 Ways to Fit Exercise Into Your Day
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We know two things:
1. We should be exercising more.
2. We're probably losing money on our well-intentioned gym membership.
We're aware that neglecting a gym membership is a huge waste of money. And neglecting our health is just as bad. Solution? Fit exercise into our day in other ways.
Before you laugh with derision, let us explain: We aren't suggesting you run suicides up and down the office halls, or do downward dog in the middle of the conference room to clear your head. That's great for people with private offices, but we wouldn't be caught dead (or downward) doing that in our cubicle.
So we turned to people who actually fit exercise into their full days without the pre-dawn wakeup call or 1.5-hour lunch breaks for yoga class: our readers, our friends, our families.
In a world in which 9-to-5 is all too frequently a myth, we know it can be hard to find time for yourself. But studies have shown that exercising can actually help your finances ... not to mention your health.
Let these avid exercisers inspire you to find creative ways to sneak in a workout—and to find the motivation to do it.
1. Make it Official: I now book my exercise sessions as a meeting on my calendar, usually during the lunch hour. I get my workout, and cut down on bad calories at business lunches. -- Amanda Vega, Amanda Vega Consulting
2. Avoid Convenience: A great way to sneak in workouts is to do whatever I can to avoid modern "conveniences." These conveniences save time, but they're also causing us to be sedentary most of the day. So, I skip the elevator and take the stairs, skip the IM chat and walk down the hall to talk to my colleague, walk around the office when I’m talking on the phone, skip the drive-through and walk in (better yet, skip the fast food entirely!), use a broom instead of the hose to clean the driveway and rake leaves instead of using a leaf blower. -- Heather Levin, Contributor at Money Crashers Personal Finance
3. Leave: I leave my desk two times a day. This is a must. I walk one mile at 11 a.m. and another at 3 p.m. The walk is brisk and it never takes me more than 15 minutes. The blood gets flowing and it provides the natural energy needed to make it through the day without snacks. And yes, I look ridiculous in my work outfits with tennis shoes—but who cares! -- Lea Brandy-Janowicz, Prince Lionheart, Inc.
4. Seize Opportunity: When things get really, crazy busy—with deadlines, school schedules, travel—I do my exercise in little tiny segments. I'll do 15 push-ups before I jump in the shower, or hold a plank for one minute while I'm waiting for my oven to heat. Sounds crazy, but I'll do push-ups, planks, lunges, tricep dips just about anywhere, anytime. If I ever have such a busy day that I really cannot squeeze in a workout, at least I know that I've done a few lunges or push-ups. -- Danielle Rice, President, FemCity Charleston
5. Do it for Someone Else: I run with my dog, Daphne. When I come home from work I need to take her out, and sometimes I decide to jog rather than walk and end up running for a mile instead. I know we both need the exercise, and often it’s easier to do it for her than it is for myself. -- Corinne Alexaki, LV Reader
6. 10 Minutes at a Time: I spent years unable to find the time to exercise, but several months ago my doctor told me to fit in just ten minutes a day. That's when I decided to split up my yoga routine (standing poses one day, floor poses the next) and make the time to exercise in the morning between my two daughters’ departures for school. I start my exercise the moment my first daughter heads out the door and finish in time to wake up my second daughter to get ready. I fit in more than ten minutes, but knowing that it doesn't have to be long got me started. -- Kathy Steck, DinerWear Llc.
7. Walk and Talk: As much of my work is via the telephone, I walk (well, pace, really) as I’m talking. In the late afternoon or after dinner, my husband and I walk up and down our dead-end street, a total of a mile, which gives us time to connect and to exercise. -- Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed., Eating Normal
8. Get Dressed and Ready: I take my children to the bus in my workout clothes, so I have no excuse for not playing 10-20 minutes of my favorite workout DVD once they’re safely off to school. -- Lisa Cain, Snack Girl
9. Yoga Anytime: I love the online yoga site YogaVibes.com, which lets you stream yoga videos, for helping me fit exercise into a busy schedule with three boys and a part-time job. I can't always make it to a yoga studio or a fitness class, but I can always find time to turn on my computer or stream a class through my TV. -- Meredith Johnston, LV Reader
10. Keep Track: I stumbled on the Fitbit, which is an activity tracker—like a pedometer. I love it. It tells me how many steps I have taken (it’s recommended we take 10,000 steps per day in addition to most workout routines!) so I am motivated to get out of my chair and take a walk around the block a few times during the day. Now that I am more aware of how little I move throughout the day, I can take the initiative to be more active. Some phone interviews and conference calls I can take during a walk! -- Andrea Woroch, Consumer Saving Expert
This article originally appeared on Learnvest.com.
May 08, 2012 - 10:19 AM