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“I don’t have enough time”: a popular excuse not to exercise

Saving a timeslot for exercise can seem quite a challenging! One of the obstacles most often mentioned as a reason not to exercise is lack of time. However, once you add up all your leisure time, you will find out that you have between 15 to 20 hours available with no planned activities. Of course, you will have to make exercising a priority. Here are a few tricks to help you integrate exercise to your schedule:

· Think over your routine. To become a habit, an activity such as exercising has to be included in your schedule… in other words, you must set a specific time for it, a meeting with yourself.

· Get up earlier. Exercise in the morning, before going to work. You will benefit from this unparalleled way of waking up and be energized for the whole day! Insomnia will no longer be a part of your daily night routine.

· Go to the gym straight after work! The minute you step in the house after a day’s work, the chances you will get out again dwindle. So keep your sports bag close by and go directly to the gym. You will then be able to enjoy your evening with the pride of having accomplished your workout!

· Each minute counts! We often feel that in order for a workout to be effective, it has to last at least one hour or more… WRONG! Cumulating small amounts of exercise, 15 minutes at a time, can have the same impact as a continuous session, as long as you put in the right intensity! So if you are strapped for time, perform 2-3 shorter workouts during the day.

Next week, I will give you concrete ways of dealing with another popular excuse: “I am too tired!”

Karine Larose, M.Sc.

Karine Larose is a kinesiologist, Director of Marketing and Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus who specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks and released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les Éditions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus and is featured on the ULTIME FIT online platform. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.

“I don’t have enough time”: a popular excuse not to exercise is a post from I'm taking charge. I'm taking charge is a blog that aims to help people in their journey to fitness through articles on training, nutrition, motivation, exercise and healthy recipes.
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