Be less efficient. Make daily tasks harder whether it's going back and forth to the car with grocery bags or carrying less laundry, forcing more trips.
Skip the labor-saving devices. Although it’s tempting and saves time and effort, choosing the harder way to do chores and run errands creates the added benefit of exercise. Wash the car by hand or choose a push lawn mower over a riding one.
Going somewhere? Take the long way. The easiest way to fit exercise into daily routines is walking or biking over driving, taking stairs over escalators and elevators, or even parking further from the entrance in a lot.
Be a morning person. One of the biggest reasons preventing people from exercise is the lack of motivation after a long and stressful day. Finding time in the morning will create a positive start for the day that will be easier to remain a permanent part of daily routines.
Ink the deal. Planning the time and duration, and setting an alarm for it, of any exercise ahead of time gives the illusion of a mandatory appointment.
Watch your step. Tracking the amount of steps taken throughout the day with pedometers is excellent motivation to improve the numbers and gradually increase exercise.
Hire the right help. Many exercises can pose the risk of injury if they are performed by amateurs. Hire a personal trainer at the local gym who will create and monitor an exercise plan that suits individual needs.
Keep records. Use a diary or logbook to track down the type of exercises performed each day with the duration and repetitions. Blank pages are motivation to fit in more time for exercise.
Do what you like. There is no excuse for disliking exercise when there are so many ways to stay active. Whether it’s dancing, swimming, biking, walking, running, canoeing, hiking or yoga, there are endless opportunities to find a new hobby while keeping fit.