1 – Forget 30 and 60 Minute Sessions
If you are finding it difficult to exercise
because you believe you don’t have enough time, that excuse has been taken from
you. A study released in 2014 showed that intense exercise for just 2.5
minutes can burn up to 200 calories! Start looking for 3 and 5 and 10
minute chunks during the day where you can crank up your heart rate and crunch
some serious calories.
2 – Wake up 30 Minutes Earlier Than
I can feel your resentment after reading
that last line. As it is, you would like to sleep more already, not less. You
certainly don’t relish the idea of waking up a half hour earlier every day just
to enjoy some torturous exercise.
But now that you know even short episodes
of physical exertion can burn serious calories (Busy Schedule Exercise Tip
#1), you should be happy to trade 30 minutes of sleep for a serious calorie
burn, as well as an alert, focused start to your day. (You can hit the sack
30 minutes earlier to compensate.)
3 – Track Every Minute of Your Waking
Seriously, we all have plenty of time to
exercise if we are honest with ourselves. Remember, exercise does not need to
mean the traditional definitions, such as jogging, cycling, lifting weights and
Any physical activity that elevates your
heart rate is considered exercise. This means playing with the kids, taking the
stairs instead of the elevator and walking to the store instead of driving are
all forms of exercise.
4 – Multitask!
Combine several items on your to-do list
into a fun and enjoyable “exercise” session. Placing a sales
call while picking up a few items from the nearby grocery store can be
accomplished while you walk or jog. You can even get your child out of the
house when you take him along in his stroller.
5 – Place Dumbbells, Jump Ropes and
Other Fitness Equipment Everywhere
At work, at home and in your car you should
have multiple pieces of fitness equipment available. This ensures that whenever
you find yourself with a few minutes of free time, you can enjoy a quick
6 – Take Advantage of Technology
access is all that keeps us from working out. Chances are you have a CD player,
laptop or desktop PC, smartphone, MP3 player or tablet at your beck and call.
One or more of these items are in your possession or within the reach literally
all day long. Special fitness applications, DVDs, online training sessions,
e-books and videos make exercising available anywhere and at any time