You (yes, you!) can make time for fitness! Here are four quick tips to get started!
4 Tips to Find Time for Fitness
- Watch less TV
- Plan your exercise time
- Take a break from social media
- Stop mindless chatting
Finding time to get fit can be challenging for everyone. From school, work and other daily responsibilities, many of us simply don't take the time to focus on our health. Moderate physical activity for 30 minutes per day, five days per week can reduce your risk of death by 58 percent. So, make it your mission to work fitness into your daily life!
The first step in getting started with an exercise routine and sticking with it is finding your motivation. Maybe it's losing weight, managing a health condition or simply to have more energy. Think about what motivates you and remind yourself each day what it is that's driving your efforts.
Find a Time that Works for YOU
Maybe you're the first person out of bed in the morning or you like to burn the midnight oil. Most of us have a certain time of the day when we feel our energy is at peak levels. This would likely be the best time for you to exercise. However, the most important thing is to fit it in to your schedule when it's most convenient. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week and muscle-strengthening activities two days per week focusing on all major muscle groups. While 150 minutes sounds like a significant amount of time, it averages about 30 minutes per day. You can also break your activity into 10-15 minute segments if it's difficult to find a single 30-minute window of time.
Promote Worksite Wellness
Worksite wellness initiatives are becoming increasingly common as employers look for opportunities to manage costs and increase employee productivity. Invite your coworkers for a lunchtime walk or use portable strength training equipment, like resistance bands, during your break. You could also find a local wellness center near your workplace and make plans to go right before or after work. Coworkers can provide the encouragement, motivation and accountability to help keep you on the path to a healthier you! Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi's Healthy Workplace initiative is providing businesses around the state with the support and guidance needed to have a healthier workforce. Learn more about our Healthy Workplace efforts and read some of our success stories.
There's no "quick fix" for finding time for fitness. Your daily life, work schedule and family responsibilities will direct when is the most convenient time for you to exercise. The most important thing is to do what works best for you! And make fitness your most important healthy habit!