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“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time.
Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”   M. Scott Peck

No Time to Work Out? Simple Ways to Find the Time

Not having the time seems to be one of the biggest reasons why people don’t exercising regularly.  Even those of you who have discovered the wonders of in-home fitness still find it difficult to juggle work, family, and fitness—especially during the holiday season.  I should know, I used to be one of those “holiday slackers” that slowed down between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Here are some practical ways I found to give you more time for your workouts.

1.) Buy online.  Now that you can basically order anything and everything over the Internet and have it delivered, consider doing your holiday shopping this way.  Most major retailers have online stores, and provide gift-wrapping services along with shipping options.  So there’s no need to go to the mall or the post office.

2.) Wake up 30 minutes to 1 hour earlier. Work out before heading to work.  I workout at 4:30 a.m., which is an hour earlier than I used to get up, therefore I go to bed an hour earlier. Before I go to bed I will prepare everything I will need for the next workout, lay out my workout mats, set up the equipment I will need, I even put the workout DVD in the player.  That way I have no excuses.  After your workout, you’ll be more energized for the day ahead and hardly notice the lost sleep.  Working out in the morning as opposed to midday or at night leaves me with little distraction becuase there is nothing going on that early in the morning.  Except me working out, that is.

3.) Get you family involved.  If you do have to workout while your family is awake, try getting them involved.  My kids are 6 and 3 and they love to workout with me.  Of coarse their working out consists of jumping, flipping and dancing,
but its fun to watch.  It may be a little more difficult for you right now, with everyone’s schedule crammed with holiday events, but working out with a family member can help to keep your fitness goals on track.

4.) Prepare meals in advance. Try to get most of your meal preparation for the week done over the weekend.  That means washing all your lettuce, veggies, herbs, fish, and poultry up front, and stocking complete salads-in-a-bag to take to work.  You can also prepare individual slices of poultry and fish and a variety of veggies for dinner.  Also make vats of soup, pasta, and brown rice that you’ll be able to microwave throughout the week.  Filling up on healthy meals and having low-fat, good-for-you snacks readily available at work will reduce the temptation to sample the goodies at the officethe gingerbread cookies, chocolates, and inevitable fruitcakes.  I keep several healthy recipes on hand that I know I can prepare in 5 mins. or less.

5.) Take your DVDs with you. If you’re traveling over the holidays, make sure you pack your favorite fitness DVDs along with your laptop so you can work out wherever you are, whether it’s at your in-laws’, your friend’s house, or in a  hotel room.  I’ve done this on several trips and it works great, plus you don’t have the guilty feeling of skipping a workout.

6.) Pop in a 20-minute workout. Beachbody makes some superfast and effective 10- to 20- minute workouts for when you’re seriously short on time.  Try the Turbo Jam 20-Minute Workout for an excellent calorie-blasting session, any of the Fast 10 workouts for excellent muscle-toning and fat-burning results in as little as 10 minutes (Tony Hortons 10 minute trainer), and the Great Body Guaranteed! collection to focus on specific trouble areas in even less than 10 minutes.  It’s only about 10 to 20 minutes, but the rewards stretch far beyond that to stronger bones and muscles, a sharper mind, and a lower risk of cancer and diabetes. And remember, working out reduces stress. You’ll enjoy the holidays much more if you’re healthy and energized.

7.) Eat at home.  By not eating out the person can save about an hour and a half.  The same goes for cooking a big meal. Have the person prepare a simple healthy meal very quickly and save an hour to an hour and a half which can be used to
resistance train and do some sort of aerobic activity. Plus you’re saving tons of money by making healthy meals at home.

8.) Turn off the T.V. According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day.  Even if you just watched one less show a day you would have 30-60 min for exercise. Don’t spend 28 hours a week watching TV instead take some of that time and devote it to going to the gym, doing a workout DVD or going for  a walk outside.  If you watch any amount of TV each day, then saying you have no time to work out is just an EXCUSE.




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