As I get back into exercising after my recent surgery, I’m realizing that exercise needs to be much higher on the priority chart. You would think that finding time to exercise would be easier when working at home and keeping your own hours. But that’s often not the case. I’m always amazed at how the day gets away from me, and suddenly it’s dinner time and I haven’t done much but walk to the kitchen and back a few times.
I’m learning that exercise doesn’t have to be a 2 or 3 hour proposition (like it was when I was doing aquafit classes). Now I use the tips below to sneak the exercise in between writing and coloring book sessions.
1. Work in Workout Clothes
Many times the desire to exercise diminishes if you have to go and get changed into your workout clothes. Or maybe by the time you got changed, your “window of opportunity” is gone. The way around that issue is to put on your workout clothes right away when you get up. That way when an exercise opportunity comes up, you can take advantage of it right away.
This is one of my favorite tips. I love working in my workout clothes because when it comes time to exercise, the last thing I want to do is rush and get changed. Plus, I carry most of my extra weight in my belly area and they’re just more comfy to work in than jeans!
2. Have a pre-planned routine
If you do have small chunks of time that show up during your day, have a routine or workout ready that you can do in that amount of time. There are many 10-minute workouts available online. Studies have shown that three 10-minute sessions per day are actually better than one 30-minute session.
Also, have a longer routine ready that you can do if you get a longer chunk of time, such as 30-minutes. Maybe a run or walk planned or an exercise video. Otherwise, you may squander away an opportunity trying to think what you could do in that amount of time and end up not doing anything.
One of my author friends told me she has 15, 30, and 45 minute routines all planned out so that no matter how little time she has there’s always something she can do.
3. Get your kids involved
Let’s face it, exercising alone is boring. And we spend most of our working time alone already. So when it comes to exercise time, why not get your kids involved. If your kids are younger, think about buying an exercise stroller where you can jog while pushing the stroller ahead of you. If your kids are older, have them exercise with you. Not only will the exercise do them good, but you will be instilling the healthy exercise habit in them, and getting some quality family time in too.
4. Make exercise part of your “me time”
Make time for you to get out and exercise whether that is a jog around the neighborhood, a quick bike ride, or going to a gym. If you need someone to watch your kids, ask your spouse or other family member, or hire a babysitter – anything that can get you out of the house and to exercise.
5. Take advantage of exercise videos
I love exercise videos. I’m too self-conscious to try and do classes at the gym (except for in the pool but that’s another story). Having the experts come to me in the form of DVDs and YouTube videos I can work to by myself is much better on my confidence and I can do them at any time of the day.
There are loads of videos available regardless of your fitness level, from those just starting out to exercise boot camps for the more advanced fitness buff. Having a selection on hand makes it easy to pop one in the DVD player and work through a session while you’re mulling over what else you can put your characters through!
As with a lot of things, I think it’s too tempting to make working out harder than it has to be. Especially if it’s something that takes you out of your comfort zone. Try one of these tips when you feel the need to get up out of your chair and move a bit.
What’s your favorite way to get your daily exercise in? Leave a comment and let me know!
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