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No Time to Exercise

I like to think that I am a reasonable person…but  I have little tolerance for the "I have no time to exercise" excuse.

There is always time for exercise.

Climbing StairsNow I am not saying that everyone should go the gym for an hour everyday with no questions asked. This would be wonderful, but for many, not reasonable. Exercise can take on many forms. It does not mean having to go to the gym to get fit. If you have read the article “What is Healthy Weight Loss” you will already know that to lose weight there is a simple formula: energy out must exceed energy in. So, to lose weight you need to either consume less calories and do the same amount of activity you are currently doing, or you need to consume the same amount of calories but move more in your day, or you can do both at the same time (consume less calories and move more) for faster results.

For the purpose of this article we will just focus on the approach of moving more and eating the same amount of calories. To increase your activity level for the day you can do many things. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Park farther away (just by walking an extra block (about 5 minutes in duration) to and from work each week you will burn about 500 calories/week…that is 26000 calories a year (that is almost 8 lbs) for doing very little extra!
  2. Do short burst of exercise throughout the day…jumping jacks during a commercial break, push ups while you wait for your toast to pop up, squats while you brush your teeth…all of these activities burn calories and lead to healthy weight loss!
  3. Shovel your sidewalks. And if you have time, the neighbors too!
  4. Take the stairs. Unless you are in a suit and above the 10th floor, always take the stairs. That is a huge time saver and a big calorie burner!

Yes, there are great benefits to having a regular workout time. But for those that do not have this time to allocate, we can create a program that fits right into your everyday schedule. And yes, you can still lose weight in a healthy fashion!

If you have any questions about this topic or any other fitness related topic, please do not hesitate to call us at Acacia Fitness. We are here to help!