'I just don't have enough time to run!'
Sound familiar? If it does, you're not alone. Not having enough time to run is the reason women most often cite for not sticking to a regular exercise programme.
However, considering the fact that in the average home the television is on for nearly six hours a day, it's difficult to believe we don't have enough time to workout.
And when you consider that you can maintain a good level of fitness by running only 30 minutes four times a week, not having enough time becomes a less acceptable reason.
With that said, it is true that we are all under increasing time constraints. Despite the convenience of the information age, we all seem to be getting busier and busier – especially women.
While both spouses are working longer hours, women are still responsible for the vast majority of household and parental responsibilities. So, here are a few tips to help you find time to squeeze workouts into your hectic schedule.
1. Become a morning person
Studies show that people who exercise regularly in the morning are more likely to stick to their exercise regimes. It's a wonderful way to energise yourself for the day, and you're much less likely to have things come up: a late meeting, your child's after-school activities, etc. at 6am than at 6pm.
2. Change your lunch hour into your 'running hour'
Rather than go for lunch with your co-workers, go outside for a run during your lunch hour. If you don't have facilities in order to shower and change, consider taking a brisk walk instead. Over the same distance, you'll burn an equal number of calories whether you're walking or running.
3. Schedule a run into your appointment book
For many people, finding time in their hectic schedules to workout can be difficult. If that's the case, make sure to schedule a run in your appointment book or calendar to ensure you set aside an adequate amount of time.