R. Todd Hurst, MD,FACC, FASE

Center Director for Cardiovascular Health

Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix

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HELP! I Don’t Have Time to Exercise



It’s one of the most common reasons we hear from patients that are not exercising …. “I don’t have the time”. And at first glance it seems believable.


For many of us, squeezing an hour out of a day that is already packed isn’t an option. Yet a lot of very busy people do find time to exercise. Presidents of countries, CEO’s and working parents somehow find the time to get their exercise in. How do they do it?


The Secret to Finding Time to Exercise


Believe it or not, there is a secret to find time to exercise. In fact, it’s amazingly simple. Let us explain.


Those people who exercise regularly soon figure out that exercise is a TIME SAVER. Your read that right; a time saver.


Regular exercise saves you time in several ways.


· You have more energy thought out the day to get things accomplished.

· You are mentally sharper and can concentrate better on important tasks.

· You sleep better and are more rested with less sleep.


Finding the Time to Exercise

Although finding time to exercise is straightforward, getting started is not so easy even with the best of intentions.


However, we have found a strategy that has been very successful for many of our patients.


Get up 20 or 30 minutes early each morning and spending 10 or 15 minutes doing something physical. Walking is the most preferred activity, but you might find other things that work better for you.


Don’t worry if it’s not particularly strenuous or that you aren’t spending much time to start. You can slowly increase the intensity and duration of your exercise once you get the hang of it.


In about 4-8 weeks, people start feeling the good effects of regular exercise. They have more energy and it’s easier to get out of bed in the morning.


Once exercise becomes a regular part of your life, you will wonder how you ever lived without it.


You DO have time for exercise.

Why not start today?


And the Beat Goes On,

R. Todd Hurst, MD, FASE, FACC