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How to Prioritize Exercise

Do you feel like you would really like to exercise, but can’t quite seem to fit it into your daily schedule? You’re not alone! If you were to ask just about anyone on the

Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier

If you can pry yourself out from under the covers just thirty minutes earlier than you normally do, you’ll be surprised what kind of workout you can get in! Either go to the gym and get ready for the day in the locker room after your workout or do something at home! Walk your dog, turn on a yoga video, jump rope, or anything else you like!

Schedule a Walking Lunch

Instead of going out to eat with a friend during lunchtime at work, take a walk instead. Bring something to sip on or eat a small snack before you leave, and make sure that you have a chance to eat a enough food during your break though! But in a 30 minute break, if you can even walk for 20 minutes, 3 times a week, that’s an hour of exercise!

Invest in a Standing Desk or Use a Special Chair

Sitting for extended amounts of time has a detrimental effect on your health. However, if you were to invest in a standing desk, or even sit on an exercise ball, you’ll find that your core muscles will be engaged more engaged and your body will get stronger quickly.

Get Competitive!

It doesn’t matter if you’re doing it with someone else or just competing with yourself, sometimes a certain level of competition is a huge motivator. If you need to lose weight to get a healthier BMI, talk to a group of friends about putting money into a pool (maybe $5 each?) and at the end of one month, give the pot of money to whoever loses the most weight. Make sure to have the contest based on proportions, not just pounds lost, to make it fair. Need to compete with yourself? See how many squats you can do in a day? If you break a record, reward yourself!

Schedule a Workout Into Your Calendar

If it’s written down and already made a priority, you’ll be far more likely to actually exercise than just “sneaking” in a workout when you feel like it or have time. Start small. Try 2-3 workouts a week and as you get stronger, add from there.

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