How is maintaining a healthy weight possible when I don't have much time for exercise?

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Answered by: Sarah, An Expert in the Physical Fitness and Health Category
As a mom and a women's personal trainer, I am always being asked how maintaining a healthy weight without having much time for exercise is possible. The answer I always come back to, is that you have to find out what works for you. Because no one thing will work for everyone, and often, no one thing will work for the same person day to day, finding out what does work and being flexible is the key to success.

Don't be afraid to try different things. If you aren't a morning person, try fitting in exercise after work. If you know you are always drained after a long day, lay out your workout clothes in the morning so you'll be sure to get your routine over with as soon as you get up. On some days, you may find you have little time, if any, to workout. Those are the days when a "something is better than nothing" approach comes in. If 15 minutes is all you have, take advantage of it. Whatever your plan is, go into it knowing that if it doesn't pan out, you'll have to adapt. The quicker you learn to go with the flow, the better you'll be at making sure you make time for fitness.

Having kids can truly make fitting in exercise a challenge. I find that whenever my toddler is down for a nap, there are about a million things that need to get done around the house. If you have children, invest in a jogging stroller for the days when you know you won't get a break. A gym membership with daycare is another great investment. But since those aren't options for all of us, taking advantage of short amounts of time becomes important. Who says you have to get your workout done at once? Try breaking it up into three 10 minute segments, and all of the sudden it seems a bit more doable to get your routine in.

Hiring a personal trainer is another great way to get in shape. If you don't have much time, many trainers will offer shorter workouts to accommodate your needs. Though it can be pricey, if you can swing it, having that appointment will make it tough to wiggle out of a workout at the last minute. It's also one of the best ways to ensure you are working at an appropriate level and you'll be likely to see results sooner rather than later.

Exercise is the easy part. Finding the time for fitness is what's difficult. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight because of lack of time, remember to make exercise a priority. In fact, your health should be one of your biggest priorities. Envision yourself getting your workout done all week long and how empowered you'll feel by your commitment to yourself. The more you have on your plate, the more you will need that routine to relieve stress and give you some added focus throughout your busy week.

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