Making Time for Exercise


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Updated: 8/31/2012 3:21 pm Published: 8/29/2012 4:49 pm



Now that schools are back in session and fall schedules are filling up, has it become harder to fit a workout into your hectic day? Lori Dreiling, co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa, stopped by GDGC to share ways busy adults can make time for their own health and a fitness routine.

Tips for making time for exercise:
  1. Lay out your workout clothes the night before to make getting out of bed for early morning workouts easier.
  2. Add workouts to your calendar.
  3. Pick workouts that you enjoy – working out is easier when it’s fun.
  4. Manage time well during the day so small blocks of time aren’t wasted.
Adults should be getting 30-60 minutes of physical activity per day, like children. Physical activity helps our health, our hearts, helps us sleep better and more. But for busy adults, time is fleeting, and we can’t get it back. Managing our time poorly during the day can mean no time for an evening workout. Or, staying up too late can mean you don’t want to get up early for a morning workout. Little things like laying out clothes the night before can make it easier to get out of bed for an early workout. Or, adding workouts to your calendar serves as a reminder and a place holder to make carving out that time easier.

The bottom line is that exercise must be a priority. It’s not an expendable luxury – for our health and to set a good example for our children, we must be active. Cut out just 30 minutes of TV per day, or better yet, perform weight lifting exercises during your favorite show. Or, decide that maybe the dishes will sit in the sink just one more day so that you can fit in a run.

Also, pick a sport or an activity that you love to do. This makes it easier to make time for it. If you love to play basketball, join a league. Or if your time with friends has been suffering, too, schedule a “catch up” walk with them to get active and get re-acquainted.

Fleet Feet offers group training programs with scheduled workouts to get you across the finish line of your chosen goal race. Once people have committed to a program, they typically make time for the workouts. Additionally, the fitness friends you’ll make will help keep you accountable to your workouts!

The Fleet Feet Walk Fit program begins in September for those who are looking for a structured program.

If your child is having trouble getting active, or doesn’t like other organized sports, the Zoomerangs program is a great option. Trained coaches lead children in games and fun activities to help improve fitness while also teaching them to run.

Check out fleetfeettulsa.com or come by Fleet Feet KingsPointe (61st and Yale) or Fleet Feet Blue Dome (2nd Street between Elgin and Frankfort.)

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