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January 22, 2014

How to find time for regular workouts

Finding time to exercise is no small feat for many people. Obligations at home and at the office can make it hard to fit in a workout, a familiar quandary for men and women with multiple commitments.

Though it’s not always easy to fit in a workout when juggling multiple responsibilities, men and women must consider the responsibility they have with regard to maintaining their physical and mental health.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services advises that healthy adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity and that such activity should be spread out over the course of the week.

In addition, the DHHS also advises that healthy adults include strength training exercises in their workout regimens at least twice a week. This type of workout schedule can improve both physical and mental health, making it easier for men and women to handle their hectic schedules.

While such recommendations may seem manageable, many men and women still feel as if there’s just not enough time in the day for them to incorporate a daily exercise regimen. The following are a few ways to find time for fitness.

Take a walking lunch. Many professionals have heard of a “working lunch,” but those strapped for time to exercise might want to take a walking lunch instead. Rather than sitting at your desk or in your favorite booth at a nearby restaurant on your lunch hour each day, consider squeezing in some time to walk during those 30-60 minutes you normally spend eating or catching up on office gossip with coworkers. Invite a few coworkers along, walking to and from your favorite restaurant or finding a nearby park and going for a quick walk. This is an easy way to squeeze in the recommended 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each day, and you will no doubt feel more energized after lunch than if you had simply eaten without exercising.

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