Weight Loss: How I Fit Exercise Into My Schedule
Combining Exercise With My Normal Activities
Like most people I watch TV almost every day. I can watch TV while sitting on a chair or couch. However if I turn up the sound on the TV a little I can also watch TV shows while I am exercising. Combining watching TV with exercise gives me more than enough exercise time to get the body I want. You can build muscle and get rid of fat while watching your favorite shows. It also makes it easier to get a good nights sleep. I get most of my exercise while watching TV.
Playing video games can be a fun way to pass the time. In the past they mostly involved pressing buttons. Now that they have motion controlled games I get some of my exercise while playing them. I do not get a lot of exercise while playing the Wii but I do get some. Playing the games can tire me out and get me sweating. In most cases I would be better off with regular exercise but it takes less will power and it is often more enjoyable. If you have the option spend some of your video game time playing motion controlled games.
There are times when I don't have anything interesting to do. That time can easily be filled by exercise. I can go for a walk, ride a bike, jump rope, play a motion game etc. At some point you are probably going to get bored. Exercise is a good way to reduce boredom. It keeps you busy.
Reducing The Duration
A 20 minute workout can be just as good or even better than an hour workout. You do not need to exercise for an hour or more all the time. Sometimes I exercise at a moderate pace for an hour or more and other times I exercise at an intense pace for 20 minutes or less. If you are doing cardio you can increase your speed. For weight lifting and body weight exercises you can increase the weight. When I do push-ups I often raise my legs so I am lifting more of my body weight. The increased weight means fewer repetitions.
Another way to reduce the duration is to do something new. Your body can adapt to become better at the exercises you do on a regular basis. When you start a new exercise routine it is often difficult at first. Then it becomes easier. Switching to an exercise you are not good at can reduce the amount of time it takes to get a good workout. Changing the pace also helps. Don't let your body adapt and become efficient if you want short workouts.
Replacing Scheduled Activities
When you are not working you can replace some of the activities you usually do with things that will provide you with exercise. For example you could go for a bike ride on the weekend. I look forward to my weekend bike rides in the summer. If you find the right activity and the right location you will want to do it again. You can have fun and get in shape at the same time or you can spend your time off being bored.
On the weekend I see a lot of people that are bored. Those people are often sitting around trying to relax at their house. How enjoyable can your day be if you don't do anything? Being active can be a lot more fun than doing nothing. Add the new activity to your schedule and plan around it.