Taking the chore out of exercising

Posted July 2, 2010 by Katie

One of the biggest excuses for not exercising is the lack of time. How do I squeeze the suggested 30-minutes-a-day into my already busy schedule?

Since exercising is not already built into my daily routine, it definitely feels chore-like and loathsome (to be dramatic). After nine hours of office time, the evening is left to making dinner and relaxing. And I sure as heck am not a morning person.

But I find that if I have the chance to do something fun, it's easier to find time to do it. Here are some suggestions – from the experts, but also from yours truly – to sneak exercise in and enjoy it.

Take 10. If your schedule allows, take three 10 minute walk breaks during the day. This type of “quick spurt” exercise regime adds cardio into your day. It can also improve your energy and focus at work. Put it on your calendar to solidify your commitment to it!

  • Walk around the block
  • Walk flights of stairs

Play! Remember when you were a kid and loved playing outside from sunrise to sunset? Find that kid in you again, or connect with your own kids to turn play into your workout. 

  • Play a game of catch
  • Play tag
  • Jump rope
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Shoot some hoops
  • Wii Fit

Boogie! Dancing is a great way to burn calories. Formal ballroom dancing and rocking out at a Zumba classes are great, but when you're trying to squeeze in exercise, dance up a storm at home. Try it while your dinner is cooking!

Go on a treasure hunt. Outdoor scavenger hunts like letterboxing and geocaching are a great way to combine hiking, family fun and an itch for adventure. Learn about them online at www.letterboxing.info and www.geocaching.com.

Exercise is important to good health, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a chore. Find ways to move that you enjoy! Have fun!

p.s. Don’t forget that FCHP’s It Fits! reimbursement for members is for more than just gym memberships. We reimburse $400 for families for sports camps, youth and adult town sports leagues, yoga classes, dance and aerobics classes, and more! 

More info and sources

Here are other blog and new articles about this topic:

“The Unworkout: 7 Ways to Get Fit Having Fun” (MedicineNet)

“Fun Fitness: Exercises That Don’t Feel Like Work” (EverydayHealth)

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The information written about in this blog is not intended to be medical advice. Please seek care from a medical professional when you have a health concern.