One of the most common excuses personal trainers hear is “I just don’t have time to work-out.” The truth is, the only difference between a person who “doesn’t have time” and a person who works out consistently every day is priority. One person values fitness and the benefits of exercise, while the other does not. A recent study published in The Lancet proved that even 15 minutes of physical activity per day can reduce a person’s risk of death by 14 percent and increase their life expectancy by 3 years compared to people who are inactive. There are many ways to find time for fitness if one so chooses.

  • First thing in the morning: Not everyone appreciates rolling out of bed in the dark and throwing on their workout clothes, but some exercisers would have it no other way. They like feeling like they’ve already accomplished something before 9 AM and the extra energy they have after an invigorating workout.
  • TV / Computer time: It’s easy to waste time with media. Whether it’s playing Words With Friends, watching Law & Order, or perusing news stories, one can waste a lot of time with media. Cutting back a little of web surfing time can free up a solid 20 minutes to do interval training. Other people lift weights or workout while watching their favorite shows.
  • Chore time: Vacuuming, scrubbing the tub, raking leaves, mowing the lawn, washing windows, cleaning dishes, and running up and down stairs to do laundry burns precious calories. This time should not be overlooked when one considers how much physical activity they get done each week. Consider that shoveling the driveway burns 400 calories, while baking and kneading dough can burn up to 348 calories. Mopping, sweeping and vacuuming burn about 250.
  • Social time: Many of people spend 15 minutes to an hour catching up with friends on the phone. Social gatherings typically take place around bars, coffee shops, or other hangouts. Yet, why can’t these social interactions take place at the bowling alley, the local pool, on a walking trail, or at a local boot camp class each week?
  • Work: Some people transform their desks into treadmills or choose to sit on stability balls, rather than office chairs. Workouts can be incorporated into everyday life, but it takes dedication and commitment. The end result will be better focus, concentration, memory and energy at work.

Another great way to make time for physical activity is to join a class and scheduling your workouts in at