How to Fit Fitness into Your Daily Life

Last week, I shared how exercise is part of the basic foundation in living a balanced life.

But how do you make time for fitness? Everything else seems more important – your job, children and managing the home. The last thing you want to do at the end of an exhausting day is 30 minutes of cardio. I know that, and the answer is, you have to simplify. Otherwise its not going to work.

Here are a few of the ways I fit fitness into my daily life. I’ve been doing these things for years – not just since I quit my day job. By simplifying your expectations, you can make everyday fitness fit into your life. Give some of these a try.

  • Yoga. If the thought of joining a classroom of limber vixens scares you, try yoga at home for a while. This post will give you some easy ideas on how to do that.
  • Walks. Bundle up and head outdoors or walk indoors – at home, a gym or shopping center. (Note: If you are on a budget, don’t bring your wallet.)
  • Running. Start slow. Try 5 minutes of running with 5 minutes of walking and listen to your body. If that feels like too much, decrease the time even more. When you start slow, you give your body time to build up muscles and endurance without burning out.
  • 10 minute solution videos on Netflix. If I’m pressed for time, the 10 minute solution series is perfect for fitting in a heart-pumping workout without the time constraint. You can mix it up with pilates, yoga, kickboxing and toning – they’re all broken up into 10 minute increments.
  • At home workouts. When I have the time, I push myself with more intense programs like P90-x or Insanity. I don’t always complete the workouts  – I simply do as much as I’m comfortable with. Turn it off when you’ve had enough. Everyday fitness is all about working out at your own level. Tip: Don’t forget to cool down with some slow walking and stretching.
  • Intervals of pushups and situps. If you’re watching TV, try a few strength or core building exercises at the next commercial break.
  • Use rewards. If you struggle to stay motivated with fitness, let your daily pleasures become rewards. If you like to lay around on the couch at the end of the day, go ahead – but earn it with 1o or 20 minutes of activity first.
  • Power clean. When I’m faced with a dilemma like clean the house or workout, I combine the two. Do a few squats while you clean the bathroom. Jog from room to room. It may sound crazy (I know it does) but I’m able to clean, workout and then go do something I love.

Create a fitness habit by working out a little bit everyday. Start with 10 minutes and work up to longer routines when you’re ready or as you have time. We all have full lives. Set aside 10 minutes of everyday for a better you.

What’s your biggest challenge with staying fit?

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1 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) October 25, 2011 at 5:51 am

These are great tips. My biggest challenge is just making myself exercise. I do power walk every so often which feels great. I wouldn’t say that I am totally sedentary as my day to day routine is fairly active, but I don’t really carve out time for intentional exercise. I do use the power clean technique. I turn on some great music and just get busy cleaning, dancing, etc. 🙂

2 Melissa October 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Music is definitely a key to motivation. I always sweat more when I’m running with my iPod.

Since I write for a living, I have to make time to move and stretch … I haven’t figured out how to power write yet. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by,

3 Lisa @ Just here. Just now. October 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

Exercise is always one of those things that gets put on the back burner, but I feel like it is not only good for my body, but it helps my mind tremendously. When I start my day with a little yoga – very first thing, before I can get distracted – my whole day goes smoother and I feel like it helps me focus what I am trying to accomplish with my days. Love the other tips, too – thanks for sharing!

4 Melissa October 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Hi Lisa,
Lately, I’ve made exercise my second most important thing of the day. After I get in 30 – 60 min. of writing, I workout. That seems to be working better than putting it off for “sometime” in the morning.
Good luck fitting in fitness!

5 Nicole October 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I agree Melissa! Exercise is so important that is has to be part of our lives. So I try not to think about it – I just do it. As soon as the excuses start to roll in, I acknowledge them and flick them away. Motivation is like any other emotion – it comes and then it goes so I can’t wait to feel motivated. I schedule into my day a week at a time and don’t accept any get togethers or appointments that may clash with it. I have accepted that exercise needs to be part of my day like brushing my hair and doing the dishes and whether I like it or not. I just JFDI!!

6 Melissa October 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Hi Nicole,
That is so true – the excuses roll in and it’s up to us to ignore them. Flick them away! I like that visual.
Have a great week,

7 pauline December 8, 2011 at 5:46 am

I totally agree with you Melissa.Exercise is a great way to keep fit and leave your mind feeling relaxed.Doing it alone however could really be challenging especially without any motivation.

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