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Find Time to Get Fit

Getting physical activity is one of the best ways to control blood glucose, lose weight, and manage stress. But what do you do when you don't have time to squeeze it in? Never fear: These six tips from our fitness expert will get you moving without adding stress or taking away time from other activities.

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Demands of the day never cease, making it seem like you never have time for exercise. But you do!

You don't need to walk for miles or spend hours at the gym to get a good workout. It can be as easy as making a few changes in your daily lifestyle, or it may involve starting a more organized fitness program. It's up to you.

"The key is to find an exercise program that suits your goals, interests, and fitness level, and your weight loss efforts will begin to pay off," says Dominique Adair, M.S., R.D., president of Adair Fitness and Nutrition, Los Angeles.

Put exercise at the top of your "for me" list. The result will be a healthier, happier, and sharper you. Check out these exercise options and choose the one that works best for you.

Work It In

Increasing your daily activity through little lifestyle changes can be a powerful and effective way to get fit. Burning just 100 extra calories per day, the equivalent of taking a few extra steps each day, adds up to 10 pounds of weight loss in one year.

The key is to try to do something every day. Use these eight simple techniques to introduce extra calorie-burning opportunities into your day:

  1. Park farther away and walk.

  2. Return shopping carts to their proper places.

  3. Avoid elevators and take the stairs.

  4. Take a walking break instead of a coffee break.

  5. Get up from your chair frequently to move around.

  6. Listen to upbeat music while you clean your house, and you'll move faster.

  7. Pace while you talk on the phone.

  8. Walk around the office as you brainstorm your next project.

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