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How to Fit in Exercise Into Your Busy Life...

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by Adam Wallis, Senior Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Legends know that exercise and well-being is crucial to their success, Barack Obama and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour are proof of that. They develop the discipline to do it. But what is one very common complaint when it comes to our physical health? "I just don't have the time to exercise...I'm so busy, I can't afford to take that much time during the day to go to the gym and exercise." Well today we may have some answers to this complaint! Read more below and watch a great video from Keri Glassman on the benefits of bite-size exercise...

Video courtesy of LiveStrongWoman

While it's understandable that it's hard to fit exercise into our busy lives, let's spin our question on it's head. Let's see it in a different way; 'How can we afford not to exercise?'

We all know it feels great when we do some good exercise and as Keri Glassman mentions, the key is that we don't have to take hours at the gym eating into our schedules...

Exercising is one of those activities which isn't urgent - but it is important - and because it isn't urgent we tend to put it off. However in doing so we don't appreciate the positive knock-on effect just a little exercise has on our health, our well-being, our quality of sleep, our self-esteem and our clarity of focus. You don't need to take hours out to go to the gym - in fact - I challenge you not to! The essence of being self-disciplined is doing what we need to do for the right reasons, so writing down your reasons to exercise is crucial!

I've found that even just taking 10 or 15 minutes a day or every other day, perhaps in the morning just before jumping in the shower, is a very powerful way to incorporate exercise into my daily routine without taking up a huge amount of my time.

Search online on YouTube and you'll find a few simple exercise routines that only take about about 10-15 minutes, there are also a few great smartphone apps you could try too, like Fitstar (for iOS) or the 7 Minute Workout (for Android). Give it a go and let us know how you get on, after all, having someone to help you with accountability is one of the best ways to change your habits! 🙂

What do you find helps or hinders you from bringing more exercise into your life? Share in the comments below and maybe your advice might inspire others...

Exercise image courtesy of  Playtronics Germany@ Flickr