Getting Proper Exercise When You Are Short on Time

A busy schedule is a common excuse for missing out on physical activity. Regardless of the reason, a lack of physical activity can lead to serious problems with your heart, so you should make time for exercise even when your schedule is packed full. Here are some ways to squeeze in the exercise you need without eliminating other activities from your day.

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Multitask Throughout the Day
You may be able to get multiple activities done at once when you get a little creative. If you sit at a desk all day, you might keep a set of free weights handy so you can do a few repetitions when you are reading emails or listening in on conference calls. You could also take a walk when you have face-to-face meetings with your coworkers to encourage a healthier work environment.

Add More Activity into Your Routine
There is always room to  add more activity  to your day. For example, you could take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further back in a parking lot, or dance around the house as you do chores. You could also resist the urge to sink into the couch after a long day and instead do some aerobic exercises as you watch your favorite television shows.

Take What You Can Get
Some days, you simply may not have the time or energy to get a full load of activity. Still, you should not get too disappointed when you fall short. Simply get back to your routine the next day and opt for whatever activity you can. Even a simple walk around the block is a whole lot better than nothing.

For more heart-smart tips for American Heart Month this February, connect with  Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center  in Thousand Oaks. You can visit us online or call (805) 497-2727 for our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

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