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Life is hectic. Many of us get caught up in our work schedules, kids’ sports, home projects, social obligations and an ever-growing to-do list.
It’s easy to eliminate exercise and overall wellness for the next item scheduled on the calendar. But we all have to make time to exercise, even amidst the hustle and bustle.
As the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state, in order to see measurable results for the aerobic and cardiovascular systems, we should aim to get 20-30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise 3-5 days a week in at least 10-minute increments or 10-15 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise 2-3 days a week in bouts of as little as 5 minutes.
From a strength-training perspective, ACSM suggests using all the major muscles groups of the body, such as the legs, trunk, butt, chest and back, in compound (multi-joint) exercises 2-3 days a week to see an improvement in overall body composition, muscle tone and injury prevention.
There are ways within your day to get a quick burn with strength training and physical activities. Some of these solutions are a lot easier than you may realize.
From in-home exercises, to a stroll in the park, to finding other healthy alternatives to move, here are a few time-efficient workout tips that will help you stay in shape:
As you can see, fitting in exercise when you’re short on time can be done. These are all great options to use the body more, raise the heart rate and take charge of your fitness.
Living a healthier and more active life begins with the right mindset. Make each day count, prioritize exercise and physical activity, and commit to fitting it into your schedule each day.
As Jack LaLanne, known as “the Godfather of modern fitness,” once said, “You are what the sum total of your cumulative choices and actions are on a daily basis that adds up to what your standard becomes over a lifetime.”
Make those choices count and be the best version of you each day!
Need help to meet your movement goal? A fitness specialist can help you develop a fitness program that works for you.
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