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Fitness is an investment in your future. Here's how to make it a priority so you can enjoy your family for many years to come.

I'm Too Busy for Fitness


By Kara Sunwall, B.A. in Elementary Education & AFAA Group Fitness Instructor

Work, soccer practice, dance, horseback riding lessons, family time, etc…. The list of things we fill our days with goes on and on and I’m supposed to fit exercise into my busy schedule when? We all know how important it is to lead an active lifestyle but fitness seems to be one of the first things dropped from our to-do lists. Am I really too busy to do something that lifts my mood, prevents disease, and improves my health? When we take care of ourselves, we are more likely to be able to take care of our loved ones and lead a longer and better life. Following are few ideas that you can sneak into your daily routine to get started on that healthier path.

Something is better than nothing

Stop the thinking that you need to go to the gym for an hour to get a good workout. Go for a 10 minute walk. If you like more intensity, you can pack a lot of hard work in a short amount of time with a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout.

Sneak in some movement

Don’t be surprised if you see me in the checkout line at the grocery store bobbing up and down. Why? It’s a perfect opportunity to do some calf raises and get my legs in shape while crossing an errand off my to-do list. We all have to clean our houses right? Crank the music up to scrub harder, mop faster, or take a break and bust out some of your mad dance moves.

Make it a family affair

After dinner, play a game of family kickball or take your kids to the playground and play with them. Enjoy some family time while getting a workout.

Work/workout

Instead of hitting the break room, take a quick walk around the block to get some fresh air and exercise. My husband even keeps a pair of dumbbells under his desk to get a few reps in when he has a break. Google desk workouts and you can find plenty of ways to “deskercise.”

Get off the couch

Just because you’re binge watching your favorite show on Netflix, doesn’t mean you need to sit while you do it. There are so many exercises you can do at the same time. Lunges, squats, high knees, push-ups. The list of fun is endless!! Keep dumbbells and a jump rope close by the TV as a reminder to get up and get moving.

Friend/Date Night

Instead of the usual dinner and a movie, get moving. Hit the climbing wall, take a bike ride, or take a nice walk on the Rims with its beautiful view.

Fitness is an investment in your future. Make it a priority so you can enjoy your family for many years to come. And remember, if you see me bobbing up and down in the checkout line, I’m not crazy. Well, maybe I am, but my legs will look amazing in the meantime.