“Fitting” in Fitness

by Kimberly Vanderpoel on October 15th, 2014

benefits of exercise

Reposted from March 27, 2013

This week our Fall Fitness Challenge focuses on physical activity. Our challenge question for the week is “What exercise or physical activity do you find fun?” (If you haven’t answered yet, there’s still time for a chance to win this week’s prize…either leave a comment to this post or on our Facebook page.)

Do you ever struggle with having enough time for exercise? For many of us, between work, family and other obligations, it is a struggle to “fit” in fitness. Today I am sharing a few tips that have helped me “fit” in physical activity:

Rest. Bet you didn’t expect to see this on the list? Not getting enough sleep is one of my biggest health challenges and if I don’t get enough sleep—I won’t have the energy to exercise. Most people set their alarm clock for a “wake up” call; I set my alarm as a reminder to go to bed.

Make every movement count. When time didn’t permit a trip to the gym, I add extra activity throughout my day. Some examples: I marched in place while waiting for the microwave to heat up my lunch. I do toe raises while standing at the printer. I set my phone timer to remind to “stop and stretch.”  I replace my “lunch dates” with “walking dates.” I “speed” clean my house.

Just 5 Minutes. When I am in the “I don’t care” mood and don’t want to exercise–I give myself permission to stop after 5 minutes. Typically, the 5 minutes will lead to 20 minutes…often leading to 30 minutes…Sometimes; just getting started is the challenge.

Planning. Every Sunday evening, I review my upcoming schedule and I plan my “work out” times according to that week’s activities. If I know that I have a meeting after work or in the evening and exercising isn’t a reality that particular day—I use this day as my “free day.” My personal goal is to exercise five days a week, so I have two free days a week.  One trick that has been a great tool is to write my planned exercise times in PEN in my calendar.

Squeezing in physical activity can be a challenge some days, but I have found with awareness and planning, I am able to “fit” in fitness. Plus, increased activity makes me feel great and increases my energy!

Remember if you want to be entered into this week’s challenge contest, leave a comment to answer this question: ““What exercise or physical activity do you find fun?”

Comments (1)

  • I have been attending some water classes at the Sanford Wellness Center in Sioux Falls. I like Aqua Zumba and Move that Body. Both are great water work outs and less stressful on the joints. Am using the NuStep and trying to increase the time and steps each time I work out.

    posted by Pat on 10.15.14

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