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Feel Like You Have No Time to Exercise?? Here's what helped me......

Posted Oct 03 2011 9:46pm
Feel like you need to sleep more than you need to workout because you just had such a busy day??     I can definitely relate.  Maybe you do have time to workout.  I'll share what helped me.  Maybe it will help you brainstorm some ideas on how to fit working out into your routine. 

I'm a single parent of two teenage children, I have lupus, friends, family, errands, housework, etc, etc, etc. But I exercise every day of my life. I'm not saying I have more on my plate than everyone in the world.  I'm just saying I have so much going on that I never thought exercise would be part of my regular routine. But I never gave it up as a goal and I was finally able to make it happen.

First I'll tell you why I worked hard to CONVINCE myself to get regular exercise. I have lupus but I want to be in the best health possible. I started first with changing my eating habits. That actually was the easy part. But I knew I needed exercise to complete the equation. I felt like I didn't have enough time or energy though but I new I had to figure something out.
I literally started off by walking around the house for 5 to 10 minutes every day. It was quick and easy, probably not doing much for me physically, but I was sticking to my goal to exercise daily. After I while, I started doing jumping jacks, squats, calf raises, sporadically, whatever I could fit into my day.  I would do whatever I could while I was watching TV, at work, waiting on line for something, whenever I could appropriately fit it in.

Eventually, I went from the gusto......................WORKING OUT FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES EVERY DAY!!!!!

Lupus flares aside, I have been able to do that every single day of my life.  Some days I even add strength training. 

OK, so now you might be thinking that I didn't tell the whole truth when I said I exercise every day.  Aha! For the days when my lupus is acting up, I do ISOMETRICS!!!!! When I say they are awesome, they are awesome.  Actually, I do them on many days when I'm feeling fine.  They are an extremely low-to-no impact way to strengthen your muscles. If you haven't heard of them before, you might want to look into it.

And now that I'm fully into my routine, I mix and match.  And I have no regrets. Exercising daily has increased my energy, improved my moods, helped me to lose weight, decreased the severity of my lupus symptoms, and many other benefits.

So now that you know what has helped me, I hope you can find some way to fit exercise into your daily routine!

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