One of the biggest reasons why people do not exercise is lack of time. I empathize. Kids, full time job, responsibilities around the home – all these are overwhelming. So how can we fit exercise in?
I often multitask when it comes to exercise. Not only does it make working out more enjoyable, but it allows me to get other things done. When I ride the stationary bike, I read things I might not normally read for fun, like non fiction books and political articles. I get educated in the process of strengthening my heart!
If you tend to watch tv in the evenings, why not see your favorite shows while on a treadmill or doing floor exercises?
When I have a conference call, I generally do it walking briskly outside. This makes me a better listener, as I am not secretly taking a peek at my email during the call, like so many people do when they are at their desks. It also makes me a better daughter, as I am fully focused on my mom when I chat with her. There are downsides, like not having the ability to take notes or the big rig that might roar by, but most of the time it’s a win/win for everyone involved.
Exercising with family can bring be wonderful quality time. I love working out with Ian because we are together and sharing any activity just makes us closer. We often park our car a mile from a restaurant and walk there and back, grateful for the uninterrupted, undistracted moments together.
Multitasking while driving or eating is not good, but being able to fit a workout in sometimes means we have to be super efficient.
In fact, as I write this I am on my Treaddesk, typing and walking 2.3 mph. In fact, I have been walking and working for the last 84 minutes! My back does not hurt from sitting, and I feel invigorated because I am moving.