How to fit exercise into your busy life

Build positive habits and make self-care a priority

For most of us, modern life is a juggling act. Childcare, career, admin and social commitments jostle for space in our already bursting diaries. The result? We’re often left with little or no time for our best laid exercise goals. If fitness has slipped to the sleepy depths of your to-do list, it’s time to prioritise. The benefits of regular exercise are huge, including increased energy levels, improved mood and weight loss.

If you’re left with minimal time to work out, follow these practical tips to add more exercise into your day.


  1. Marginal gains. Brush your teeth standing in a squat position. Park or alight further away from work and power walk into the office. Take the stairs instead of lifts and escalators. Do ten burpees while waiting for the kettle to boil. Weave these kinds of movements into your everyday life and you should see a positive effect on your overall fitness.
  2. Plan, plan and plan some more. If you’re serious about getting in shape, don’t leave things to chance. It’s a fact that if you schedule time in for exercise, you are more likely to actually do it. Book a personal trainer session and stick it in your diary. Commit to a lunch time run with a colleague. Sign-up for an organised event so you have something to work towards. Make exercise a non-negotiable priority.
  3. Rope in your family and friends. Want to meet up with friends but desperate for some time to exercise? Suggest you get together for a hike or a climbing session. Visiting a relative but don’t fancy the idea of sitting down for hours? Head outside and meet them for a walk. It sounds obvious, but this way of thinking can really make a difference. Multi-tasking is an effective and fun way to maximise your precious time.


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