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Making time to exercise

Making time to exercise can be challenging, especially when you have a busy schedule. In my experience as a one to one coach this is more than anything else the biggest obstacle of somebody not taking responsibility for their health and fitness. We make time for being sick no matter what, but just to train a small amount regularly decreases being sick not completely but it does help reduce sickness and increase health and longevity it is worth finding the time. However, regular exercise is essential for maintaining good health and well-being, and there are several ways you can make time for it.

Here are some tips that may help:

  1. Schedule it: Treat exercise like any other important appointment and schedule it in your calendar. Choose a time that works best for you and stick to it.

  2. Make it a priority: Prioritise exercise and make it a non-negotiable part of your day. It may mean cutting back on other activities or waking up earlier, but it will be worth it.

  3. Break it down: You don't have to do a full hour of exercise all at once. Break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks throughout the day. For example, you could do 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes at lunchtime, and 30 minutes in the evening, this is just an example you can change the length, time and frequency to suit you.

  4. Combine it with other activities: If you're struggling to find time for exercise, try combining it with other activities. For example, you could walk or bike to work, take the stairs instead of the lift, or do some stretches while watching TV.

  5. Find an accountability partner: Having someone to exercise with can help you stay motivated and make it more enjoyable. Find a friend or family member who shares your fitness goals and commit to exercising together. The use of a one to one coach/personal trainer makes you accountable and you have to show up.

Remember, even a small amount of exercise is better than none at all. Start with something manageable and gradually increase the intensity and duration as you become more comfortable.

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