It’s back to school time, and time to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer. The days get shorter, the nights get longer, and it’s easy to run out of time. Exercise isn’t generally the priority when there are books to hit, money to earn, and families to take care of. Yet, there’s no reason to put your health and fitness on the back burner simply because life just got busier. Use the following tips, tactics, and ideas to fit exercise into your back to school schedule.
Use Your Commute – How far do you need to travel to get to work or school? Could you ride your bike or run instead of driving? It’s an excellent way to get in a good cardio workout. Of course, you’ll get another workout on the way home as well.
Shift Your Sleep Schedule – Sleep is important to be sure. It helps you lose weight, improves brain function, and helps your immune system stay strong. Exercise helps with those things as well. Try getting up an hour earlier so you can squeeze your exercise in at the beginning of the day. You can hit the sack a half hour early as well. Your body will adapt to the new sleep schedule in a matter of days and you’ll start each day knowing you’ve already done something wonderful for yourself.
Lunchtime Exercise – Do you have a break between classes? Do you get an hour for lunch? Split that hour into two segments. Run, walk or jog for thirty minutes and then eat your lunch when you’re done. You’ll have more energy for the second half of the day.
Plan Ahead – There are many things that you do during the day that can be eliminated or changed. For example, the ten minutes you spend making your lunch or your family’s lunch during the day can actually be prepared the night before. Make a list of the daily activities you perform each day. How can you make small changes to your routine to free up a bit of time each day?
Join a Club or Hire a Trainer – It’s amazing what we make time for when we’re motivated. Small group fitness classes are a great way to make new friends and get the exercise results you want. You get focused attention from trainers. When you have a fitness routine, one that you’re committed to, it’s much easier to make it part of your daily routine.
Back to school is not the time to let your fitness slide. In fact, it’s the perfect time to make lifestyle changes and to create good habits. Create time to make fitness a priority.
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