5 Sneaky Tricks to Find More Time to Exercise

What do you do when you really want to get serious about finding more time to exercise, but nothing you do seems to work? Whether it involves getting up before sunrise, heading straight to the gym after a tiring day at work, sacrificing some of your social life/family time so you can get your workout in, or skimping on sleep—these  time-crunching habits may work temporarily, but they’re often really hard to make them stick.

Finding the time to exercise with a packed schedule can be a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few ways you can trick yourself into getting a workout in without needing to block out big chunks of time to do it.

1. Make your workout super short.

Are you aiming for an hour-long sweat session? Well, you’ll be happy to know that it’s not necessary. If the rest of your day is already busy, you may be sabotaging yourself without even knowing it by trying to fit such a long workout into your schedule.

Try something like high intensity interval training (HIIT), which can get you sweating buckets and burning fat in as little as 15 or 20 minutes. With a workout that short, you’ll be more likely to stick with it over the long run too.

2. Make your home or work environment your gym.

Working out at the gym or your yoga class is already time-consuming enough, but commuting there too? That just takes even more time! Instead of finding time to head over there, work out and then head back, ask yourself what you can do right here and right now.

For example, there are lots of great office desk exercises you can do at work with no gym equipment required. And if you live an apartment or a very small house with little room to move around, there are a ton of great ways to get a full-body workout in a super small space.

3. Walk as much as you can.

If you’re stressed about finding time to workout, perhaps all you need to do is find ways to move more throughout your day. In fact, walking can sometimes be more beneficial than strenuous exercise. It even has mental benefits for people who have sedentary jobs.

Just a brief stroll around the block during lunch can be enough to make a difference, but you shouldn’t stop just there. Tell your coworkers you’re going for a coffee run so you can walk there, park farther away so you can walk a longer distance and pace around your home or office space when you’re on the phone. These little changes will add up!

4. Turn your TV time into workout time.

Do you watch the morning news or your favorite primetime shows in the evening? Turn that time you spend on the couch into exercise time instead.

You can do squats, lunges, planks and even bicep curls or shoulder presses with soup cans while you watch TV. If you want to start off slow, you can begin by simply aiming to do a few of these moves during the commercials breaks only, and then work up from there.

5. Use an activity tracker.

Activity trackers like the Fitbit, the Jawbone UP and others have become super popular for motivating people to get more active. And because you wear them all day, you’re more likely to be reminded frequently throughout the day to get up and move more so you can hit your activity goal.

While many activity trackers aren’t exactly very accurate at telling you how many calories you’re burning, they’re pretty good at tracking other variables like steps and distance. Most of them encourage you to set a daily goal to reach, which can really motivate you to find more ways to move around so you can reach it before the goal resets for the next day.

We all have the same amount of time in a day to work with, so if you can’t drop anything else to make more time for exercise, then you just have to figure out how to work with what you’ve got going on. With these tips, you certainly can still maintain a healthy and active lifestyle even when you can’t make it to the gym every day to work out for a whole hour.

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