We are living in a busy society where people often say it is difficult to find time to exercise. Whether it be work, children’s sporting commitments, dinner, social events, there are hundreds of reasons why we cant fit in exercise. It is this mindset that we often need to change and not necessarily our commitments or social lives. You need to try and isolate some time for you to make sure you are taking care of your health.
When people see exercise guidelines that say 30-60 minutes most days of the week, they think that is not achievable. What is important to remember is short bouts of even 10 minutes can help improve your health, and slowly accumulate your 30 minutes over the course of the day. This is a lot more realistic especially for those that have had a break from exercise. If this still seems to difficult to squeeze in, try to increase your movement throughout the day, such as getting up every half an hour at work, taking the stairs, going for a walk around the oval while the kids are training. This will all help and it is a start. Any exercise or movement is better than nothing. The key is to find something you enjoy and start there. Once you start to see the benefits it will continue to motivate you and you will notice a progression over time. No matter what your job or commitments you should be able to find 10 minutes to increase your movement, it depends whether it is a priority to you or not.
Tips for getting started:
1. Find something you enjoy – walking, swimming, bike riding, pilates, dancing
2. Get a friend or your children involved
3. Create a diary of your weekly commitments and pencil in time to exercise – MAKE A COMMITMENT
4. Increase your incidental exercise
5. START SMALL AND BUILD UP – gradually increase time, frequency and intensity