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Published on August 25, 2016

How to Make Time for Fitness During the Day

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Woman joggingThe “health kick” trend is on the rise and while we all desire to live a healthy and active lifestyle, fitness is almost always pushed to the very last of one’s priority list simply because “there is no time”. Throw in a 40+ hour work week, children, pets, and a home to take care of and it seems like quite the challenge for the average American to find any time for exercise.

However, a recent article from The Washington Post shares statistical data from America Time Use Survey that shows Americans are spending eight percent more time watching TV than they did since 2005. That said, there can be time for fitness and it doesn’t mean you have to quit your job, give up time with your kids, break your bank or hire a house keeper to be able to work in a 30-minute workout.

Here are four tips to help make time for fitness during your day. No excuses!

  1. Take walks in the middle of your work day. Grab a group of co-workers and go walking around the office; or if you want to get out of the office, take a walk around the neighborhood.
  2. Bring your kids with you. Kids love the park and really any time spent with their parents (believe it or not). Take them to the park and play tag, or set up a race with a group of other parents and their kids also. If they are into sports, play a game of basketball or soccer. You’ll thank yourself for all of the calories you burned trying to keep up with your kids and enjoy the quality time spent together.
  3. Take a hike. Get a group of family and friends together and enjoy scenic views all while burning calories. There are a ton of places here in SoCal that you can visit. We made it even easier for you and found some of the top places to hike around town:
  4. Look at your local community calendar. Often times, communities will host free or low cost exercise and wellness classes, which include Zumba, yoga and other fun activities. All you need to do is read your local community paper or visit your city website to find classes. Most of the time there are classes for children as well so you can simultaneously “get your fitness on” while your kids enjoy physical activity as well.

“Adding a 30-minute workout to your daily routine can benefit you in more ways than you think,” says PIH Health physician, Andrew Hsiao MD. “Physical activity not only helps maintain your weight, but can also reduce your risk of high blood pressure, boost your energy and help you sleep better at night.”

For more great tips visit our recipes, fitness and nutrition section.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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