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Easy Exercise Tips for a Busy Schedule – Are you Too busy to work out?

I’m pretty sure every person on the planet has said at one point “I’m too busy to work out!”, myself included!  But fitness is so important, I decided to compile a list of 6 easy exercise tips. They will help you fit your work out into a busy schedule, and to make it fun!

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Excuses for not working out

We’ve all been there. That snooze button is more important than those minutes in the gym and these thoughts about how much time it will take go through our minds:

  • You have to drive/walk at least 15 minutes to even get to the gym.
  • You’ll probably want to get in a good work out if you’re there  so that means 30 minutes of cardio.
  • Since you’re there… you might as well throw in 30 minutes of weight training too.
  • Then you have to drive/walk another 15 minutes to get back home.
  • Now you’ll have to shower, which takes 15 minutes.
  • And if you’re girly like me, you have to pick out an outfit, then get ready for the day – 15 more minutes.
  • And this is assuming you’re NOT washing or blow drying your hair……and we’re at a grand total of 2 hours.
  • And let’s be serious, even if we plan out our time, somehow an extra half an hour sneaks in there somehow!!!

But remember:

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Make time for fitness with these easy exercise tips

I am all about mindful living and that means that changing my actions always starts with changing my thoughts.  These tips will show you you do that.

Be kind to yourself.  

Sure, you may not have two hours to work out (plus that sneaky half an hour) every day.  But, fortunately, you don’t invest all that time – every time!  

You can do it in less!!  Remember, anything is better than nothing!

Make it easy.  

If you want to work out in the morning, go to sleep in your workout clothes, and put your shoes by your bed, so you’re ready to go! 

Switch up your routine

For a change, do something fun that you haven’t done before! I like to go bowling.  I’m really bad at bowling (hence the picture of me below), but my arms always feel like they’ve had a workout the next day.

You’re exercising, and you don’t even realize it!  AND it doesn’t  seem like you’re adding the dreaded “extra time” for exercise. My professional granny bowling at it’s finest:

girl bowling

Get a buddy!

Working out is always more fun if you have friends with you.  And you’re more likely to be prompt (and not hit that snooze button another time) if you make plans to go with someone. 

Your buddy can be your child or a friend.  Any tough job shared is easier together!Easy exercise tips - get a buddy!

Plus it gives you a change to catch up with friends for a coffee date after the workout!

Don’t be afraid to look silly! 

Let yourself have fun when you’re working out, this shouldn’t be a chore, it should be something you enjoy!  The more fun you have, the more you’ll want to keep working out in the future.

 If you’re having fun, you’d be amazed how you “find the extra time” you didn’t have before.

Me and Stephen in a “dance battle”.  He’s definitely winning!

Be silly working out

Combine fitness with Television

This is one of my favorite easy exercise tips. Keep a set of dumbbells under your couch and work out during the commercials. 

I have a tendency to eat during commercial breaks, but if you have something to occupy your hands, you will be less tempted to eat, AND you’ll be getting in sneaky exercise!

There is always a way to fit in exercise!

Post it notes with the words "do it." one of my easy exercise tips

Just remember, anything you can do is better than nothing!  You only get one body, so lets treat it kindly!

Pin these easy exercise tips for later

Would you like a reminder of these ways to fit exercise into a busy schedule? Just pin this image to one of your fitness boards on Pinterest.

Easy exercise tips for a busy schedule

Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in July of 2013. I have updated the post to add new tips and all new photos.

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