Making Time To Exercise

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Michael Snowden

Even with all of the modern conveniences of life today it can still be very hard for people to find or make time for exercise. Those who commute long distances to and from work can certainly attest to this. The United States Department of Health and Humans Services recommends that people get 150 minutes of physical activity per week at a moderate intensity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity. If you are guilty of skipping your physical activity try some of these tips.

1) Make a plan

> An old Staff Sergeant of mine used to say that “Not having a plan is planning to fail.” One of the best ways to make something stick is to find a chunk of time that you will be able to exercise and enter it into your cell phone calendar as a repeating event the same way you would a business meeting.

2) Don’t just watch the tube

> Instead of just watching the TV, get up and get moving during those commercial breaks. Commercials breaks are a great opportunity to know out some fundamental exercises such as squats, push ups, or crunches.

3) Do what you enjoy

> Exercising should be a fun time not a chore. Use this time to perform an activity that you actually like. You don’t have to go for a long run just because your friend is a runner.

4) Reward yourself

> Some people work best when money is involved. One way utilized this technique is to reward yourself for accomplishing short term goals. Remember those really nice shoes you saw at the mall last week? Focus on getting those shoes after meeting your goal of 150 minutes of activity per week for one month.

5) DVD Time

> Knowing you’re short on time makes exercise DVDs are very logical tool. Now you no longer have to endure traffic to or from the gym. Additionally these videos are usually well put together, private, and allow you to exercise in the comfort of your own home. They also allow you to stop and start the video at any time should a distraction arise.

 

 

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