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Tuesday
Sep272016

Make Time for Fitness this Fall

With the most common excuse for not exercising being “I don’t have the time”, here’s some suggestions to eliminate the excuses

“Fail to plan… then plan to fail”

The best way to make time for exercise is to have a plan. Schedule exercise in your day timer or use a fitness tracking app on your phone and receive updates and reminders that will help you towards your goals. Spend 10-15 quality minutes once a week to plan your activities and begin the week successfully.

What are my priorities?

When was the last time you completed the 14th chore on your list? It’s time to take a look at the important aspects of your life, and see where exercise fits. Prioritizing health & fitness near the top of your daily to-do list will help you find the time to exercise when life gets in the way.

Limit screen time

Canadians watch about 30 hours of TV per week! Consider trading 30-60 of those minutes daily for a healthier, more active endeavor. When you do watch TV, become an active TV watcher by doing some body weight exercises (push ups, plank, squats) or stretches during commercial breaks.

Invest in your health

Putting some money on the line may provide you with the motivation you need to show up for activity. Sign up for a team sport, book some personal training sessions, or register for an athletic event you’ll have to train for. For young families, schedule a babysitter while you go for a hike or hit the climbing gym.

Socialize on the move

Next time a friend suggests meeting for food or drinks, counter with an active invitation. Grab a coffee and go for a walk or take a class together. Think outside the box; get the families together for trip to the mountains, or a bike ride. Build newer healthier habits with old friends!

-Steve

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