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The Small Steps I Took to œFit  Fitness Back into My Life

6 easy ways to fit activity into your busy life

As a young adult, I worked as a personal trainer in a local gym. Every time I met a new client, they gave me every excuse in the book as to why they didn ‘t have time to exercise. It’s true! Between work, family responsibilities, a social life, and the rest, we rarely find the time to work out.

However, after I got married and had a family of my own, I suddenly sympathized with all the excuses. It was many years after the birth of my son that I started thinking back to and yearning for my tight, pre-baby bod!

I started by restricting my diets, which as a personal trainer, I knew better than to do. Not only was I suddenly battling with life without carbohydrates “gasp “and chocolate “double gasp “I knew that the result would be my metabolism slowing down because I was eating too few calories.

The truth was, looking back, I was afraid to start exercising because of the hours I thought I’d have to put in at the gym. You know, the hours that would take away from my family time and what little private time my husband and I had together. I wasn’t willing to give that up. However, I desperately wanted to lose the excess weight. Also, I had a 10-year high school reunion in four months’ time, and I was hoping to fit into one of the sexy 2012 dresses for the season to knock everyone’s socks off!

What I wasn’t aware of then is that I could still lose weight by combining a healthy diet and a bit of daily exercise that I could easily break up into bite sized increments throughout my day. This is how I easily fit fitness into my daily schedule without jeopardizing my calorie intake or my time with my family …

1. Sit less often

If you’re like me, carting the kids to soccer or gymnastics practices takes up a lot of time. To get some activity during games and practices, I stood; I didn ‘t sit on the sidelines and cheered along. Not only did I become the team’s biggest fan, walking back and forth on the soccer field really helped me burn calories.

2. Get an audio book

If you’re like me, you’re a bookworm. Always eager to get my hands on the next best-seller, I now opt for an audio book to take with me on my walks and runs so I can combine my nightly hour of reading with exercise.

3. Jump rope for your TV fix

Can’t miss the latest episode of Big Brother? It breaks my heart to miss it too, so I opt to spend that 60-minutes doing crunches and leg lifts while I watch and jump rope during commercials.

4. Switch eating activities to fitness activities

Instead of Sunday brunch with the girls where I tend to have French toast or eggs Benedict, I’ve gotten them to meet me for a 30-minute walk instead. We still use this time to catch up on each other’s lives “but we get our daily activity in as well.

5. Literally run errands

People use the term “run” errands loosely, but I don’t, when I need milk or bread, I literally run to the nearby grocer, pick up what I need and walk home.

6. Exercise during lunch

I ‘m lucky enough to work in an office, so I can work and eat lunch at the same time. This is why I opted to go for walks or to take a yoga class during lunch. This way I get in my daily workout, still get my lunch, and I ‘m refueled for a productive afternoon.

Bio: Rachel Barnard is a self-confessed shopaholic and contributing writer for Style Cynics, a fashion and celebrity gossip site that features the latest buzz and the hottest styles.

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  • Lisa Eirene (
    July 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I love meeting one of my close friends for a walk or a workout in the gym. She’s into fitness like me and while we used to meet for happy hours, we both like getting a sweat in too. It’s fun and we can catch up.

  • Tara Burner
    July 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    The only time I watch tv is while riding my bike! 🙂

  • Abby
    July 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I love number 4. Do it all the time!

  • Amber K
    July 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I wish I lived close enough to the places I need to “run” my errands to. Because that’d be awesome to get some exercise in at the same time. But spending my nights out dancing instead of just sitting around has been awesome!