If only there were more hours in a day! Life is hectic and often times exercise seems to take a back seat to everything else we have going on in our lives. With all the benefits we get from regular exercise, we all should really make time to fit in some physical exercise into our daily routine…. Your body and mind will thank you for it!

Here are some ideas for helping to squeeze some physical activity into your day.

Bring a home lunch to work. Instead of wasting your time and money buying food at work, pack a sandwich and take it with you on a walk or run. This way you can get some exercise in and eat when you get tired. If you usually eat with your co-workers, encourage them to pack a lunch and tag along with you. An added benefit is getting out of the office in the fresh air will help give your mind a break.

Exercise instead of vegging out. We all have one or two television programs we just have to watch. Just because you’re watching TV doesn’t mean you have to sit on your couch. You can use this time to do stretches, sit ups, or even lift weights. If you’re really ambitious, you can do aerobics or jogging in place.

Cut back on coffee breaks. Tomorrow, use a clock or stopwatch and add up how much time you spend on coffee breaks. If you cut back on coffee, you could use the extra time to walk around the office or climb the steps of your building. Plus, the endorphins from exercise are considered more energizing than coffee,

Get your friends involved. If you spend a lot of time during your week chatting with one of your friends, get them to be your workout buddy. Instead of sitting at a diner or a coffee shop to chat, socialize by jogging or exercising together.

Do some housework. No, your husband/wife did not pay me to put this in here. Cleaning the garage, cutting the grass, tending to the garden, and even dusting are all terrific ways to get a work out. Housework makes you stretch, uses your muscles, and gets your heart pumping; all essential for keeping in shape.

The most important part of any exercise plan is perseverance. Make a plan and follow it. If you build up slowly, you’ll eventually have a great exercise plan that works into your hectic life.

A self-proclaimed information addict, Sandi H. has come to the conclusion that knowledge is power when it comes to weight loss. The more you know, the better choices you make toward weight loss success. Go to to finally lose all the weight you want.

Sandi H.