Making Time for Fitness [Video]

Ask the Expert: Wellness Video Series

About the video: What are some helpful tips for fitting fitness into my busy schedule?

Listen to Summit Orthopedics Health and Wellness Coach, Caleigh Eriksen, M.S., share helpful strategies about how to not only make time for a fitness routine, but also how to make it a routine that you can enjoy.

Meet Caleigh Eriksen, M.S.

Caleigh’s approach: “Every person deserves to have the highest quality of life possible. My goal is to help each person determine the right path for them to achieve it.”

Caleigh’s education and special interests: Caleigh earned her undergraduate degree as well as her Master of Science in Education—Exercise Physiology/Adult Fitness degree at the University of Akron in Akron, OH. Her special areas of interest include lifestyle and behavior change, adaptive training, and prenatal & postnatal exercise and education.

Summit Orthopedics offers proactive wellness services

At Summit Orthopedics, we are committed to providing the resources, tools, and expertise you need to achieve your personal fitness goals. Our Summit wellness center is home to proactive wellness classes and training services for you and the whole family. Wellness experts can work with you or your physician to design an exercise program that supports lifelong health through exercise.

Start your journey to a more active self through our wellness services offered at the HealthEast Sports Center. Schedule a free wellness consultation online or call 651-968-5766. Find the group fitness class that works with your schedule. Visit our Facebook page to learn all about the wellness events we offer to safely promote good health throughout your life.

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Video Transcription:

I think fitting in fitness is one of the most difficult things that people struggle with because we have work, we have kids, we have family, we have other commitments, and we’re always kind of running back and forth. We all kind of struggle with finding that time. I always kind of say to people, “Where can we carve out even 30 minutes in your day? You know, is that during your lunch break? Is it right after work? Is it before you go to work? When can we find a time that you can commit to each day, or you know, a couple days out of the week, that you can set aside that time to make sure that you do something physically active.” Time is the biggest thing. Then making it a priority, committing to it. Probably the biggest piece of advice I’d say for somebody that’s struggling to find that motivation, and really commit to fitting in fitness, is if you can find somebody that is there to meet you each day, kind of like a workout partner, that really helps get you there. Because if you know that somebody is waiting for you, you’re more likely to show up and follow through with it. If you can find activity that you enjoy, you’re going to be much more likely to stick to that. If you hate running on the treadmill, but yet you go to the gym and run the treadmill every day, you probably dread that length of time that you’re going to do that. You’re not going to want to go. I always tell people, I’d rather have you find something that you really enjoy doing, even if it’s not as vigorous as going and running on the treadmill, or getting on the elliptical, or something like that. I’d rather have you doing something that you really enjoy, and you’re going to stick, and do on a regular basis, verses forcing yourself to do something that you don’t enjoy, because you’re going to end up hating working out. You’re not going to be able to stick to what your goal really is, so absolutely finding something that you enjoy is key in fitting this in. Another good way to kind of fit some of that fitness in is to incorporate your family into it. If you’re going to the park, if you’re taking your kids, I’ve developed a lot of park specific workouts that a mom or dad can take with them. Utilizing, even if it’s just open grass space, you can do a lot with some of it. Anything you can do is better than nothing. While it might not feel like you went to the gym, and you did a structured workout, you still got some of that activity in, and you still worked those muscle groups. At the same time you go to spend time with your kids, and your family, so any time that you can bring everybody together and do that. Also, it really sets a good example for the kids that it’s a priority.

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