We all know by now that we should be physically active every day if not most days of the week. Easier said than done! Life usually gets in the way. So, how do people find time for fitness on a daily basis? Here are 8 tips that will help you do just that.
#1. Get up early & get it done
If you can pry yourself out of bed first thing in the morning, this is one of the best times to exercise. Not only does it kick start your metabolism for the day, but you get it done and crossed off your list of things to do.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
As the day goes on, it is easy to get distracted and find excuses not to exercise. It’s a great way to start your day, and you don’t have to worry about finding time for exercise later.
#2. Work out with a buddy.
Planning to meet someone to exercise with makes you accountable. It is a lot harder to skip your workout when you know someone is waiting for you. Plus, it makes the workout fun to have someone sweating it out with you.
Having a workout partner can spark the competitive side of you as well. You might push yourself a little harder knowing there is someone along side of you. Having a workout buddy is a win-win for everyone!
#3. Make an appointment with yourself
Put it on your calendar. Schedule it into your day just as you would any other appointment – and keep it! Look at your day and find that half hour or hour where you know you will make the time to do it. If you plan ahead, you will be more likely to actually do it.
#4. Join a challenge group
There are lots of groups that are cheering each other on and pushing each other to get up and move. Fitness trackers usually have online groups that you can compete with or you can always make up your own.
Get a group of friends to join a step challenge to see who can get the most steps in a week. Nothing like a little healthy dose of competition to get you up and moving!
#5. Break your workout into smaller segments.
Research has shown that exercising for shorter durations that add up over the day have similar results as one long workout. If you can’t find an hour block of time to work out, take a break and exercise for 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes at lunch, and 20 minutes in the afternoon. You just got yourself a 60 minute workout!
#6. Squeeze small segments of activity into your day.
We’ve all heard it before, but it really works. Park a little farther from the grocery store, take the stairs instead of the elevator, ride your bike to work. All of these things can add up and give you more activity throughout your day. You don’t have to work out in a gym to increase your fitness level.
#7. Try something new.
Maybe you are bored with your current workout. Change it up! Try that new class you’ve been thinking about. Ride your bike instead of running. There are plenty of ways to change up your workout. Just having something new to look forward to might be enough to get you excited about workout out, which will help you get it done.
#8. Reward yourself!
Promise yourself something for a week’s worth of workouts. You can put $1 in a jar for each workout. You can promise yourself new workout shoes for a month’s worth of workouts. There are lots of fun ways to reward yourself for all your hard work and dedication.
It’s hard to stick to a workout routine on a daily basis. Try some of these tips, and you may find that you can get it done more often than not. It’s important that we find time for fitness every day, and these 8 tips will help you along the way.