January 25th 2015 23:42
Make Time for Exercise
Don't think you have enough time to work out? Here are simple ways to squeeze more exercise into your busy day.
Larry Cheskin, MD, Gastroenterology, answered on behalf of Johns Hopkins Medicine
The first step is to take advantage of your weekends or your days off. Use these days to get extra exercise in and combine it with family or friends by taking a walk, jog, or even going swimming or skiing. Dancing is also a great form of social physical activity. Ask yourself what you enjoy. Perhaps joining a local sports team will make exercise more fun for you. On work days, try to fit exercise in when you can. Small things like taking the stairs to the restroom on the top floor of your building, or scheduling in a "walking meeting" with co-workers can help you fit exercise into your busy day. Or, close your door during a conference call, take your shoes off, and do squats, lunges, wall-pushups, wall-sits, and leg lifts during the call. Consider morning or lunch-time workouts at a nearby gym or fitness facility that is convenient for you, or purchase an exercise video DVD that enables you to workout in your own home for 30 minutes each morning or evening upon returning home from work. Watching your favorite television shows while on the treadmill is also a fun and easy way to get in your exercise. No excuses!