I don't have time for exercise

There are three parts to consider when someone says that they do not have time for exercise. Firstly, it is important to acknowledge today’s busy lives. Some ideas to help you to get started and make time for exercise include walking to public transport, set your alarm 10 minutes earlier, go for an after dinner walk, or even play with the children, grandchildren or pets. 

Often, the reason for not feeling able to make time for exercise is one or more of the following:

Making exercise a priority

The reason people don’t make exercise a priority is that they don’t really believe they will benefit from it. Exercise really is medicine and will help your condition and general health and wellbeing enormously.

You don't have the time

We all have the same 168 hours in a week – how we choose to spend them is up to us. Take an honest look at the discretionary time available to you and you might find that there is time or there are activities that should take less priority over exercise.

Do you think that anything under 30-60 minutes is a waste of time?

The time needed to exercise is not as long as you may think. The goal is 30 minutes a day on most days, but this could be broken up into smaller chunks – say 2 sessions of 15 minutes or even 3 ‘snacks’ of 10 minutes. This concept of ‘snackercise’ is a great one to embrace if your lifestyle makes it hard find to free up a decent length of time all at once.

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