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Best ideas to build exercise into your daily routine?

I'm interested in how people build exercise into their busy days.

I'm a runner so at the beginning of each year I map out 3-4 half marathons and 1-2 marathons and I put them on my calendar. That helps keep me focused on maintaining goals and to train properly (otherwise I'm apt to roll over on a Saturday morning). For extra motivation, Itell friends, family, businessassociates about the upcoming run and how I am raising money for certain causes onCrowd Rise.

All other ideas are welcome.


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Brian Seim
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Brian Seim Entrepreneur
Senior Software Engineer = having fun making people happy with software that works!
Three days each week I go to the gym at 4:10 a.m. So I can be home by 5 to get an hour of entrepreneurship in before breakfast with the family. I look forward to getting out of my "job" and moving things to more reasonable hours but this is the season of challenge to transition to the role of a full time entrepreneur.
Jim Bunyan
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Jim Bunyan Advisor
Non-Exec Director at Alhambra Resources Ltd
Bob, I find having a dog guarantees me exercising every day Additionally, I find it mentally very relaxing. It is that time when some problems are best tackled, particularly round that thorny area of interpersonal relationship. Yours, James Bunyan.
Marcelo Moraes
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Marcelo Moraes Entrepreneur
Founder and CEO at Treinei
www.treinei.com :)

This is in portuguese.
Dimitry Rotstein
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Dimitry Rotstein Entrepreneur
Head of R&D at SafeZone
Here's what I did to incorporate physical exercise into my routine:

I went to a cleaning contractor and got a part-time job (16 hours/week) cleaning apartment buildings and offices that require weekly cleanings. I arranged all these jobs to fall on Mondays or Thursdays. In exchange, I work for my startup on weekends as well, so I still get a full-time job worth of time for the startup. I alsopicked only the jobs within 4 miles from my house, and convinced myself that I'm too cheap to pay for a bus or to buy a car (sadly, that wasn't too hard :-).

Here's what I get from this arrangement:

1. Steady physical workout (cleaning + walking there and back) that is perfectly sufficient for general health (not for running a marathon, but I could run from work instead of walking - that might do it). I lost 20 pounds after 10 months of doing this without changing eating habits or anything, I sleep much better, and my heart palpitations are gone.

2. I cannot skip this workout at will, because I'm obligated to do the work, or have a very good reason why I can't (or get fired and pay a pretty big fine). So I don't have to force myself at all - the external pressure is sufficient, and I can save all my willpower for the startup (and I do need every ounce of it).

3. Mental health: doing a MEANINGFUL physical work is very fulfilling. You can actually see the results of your work, you can see the world around you changing for the better, becoming cleaner. That's very rewarding, especially for programmers, whose contribution is virtual, not physical, especially in the early stages of the startup when it often feels like you're doing something meaningless, and you have to fight this feeling constantly. A physical, results-oriented, community-beneficial activity is a nice, perhaps even vital break from a startup. Whatever the reasoning, I do feel it - the simple mindless work clears up my head better than anything I've ever tried before (though I've never tried drugs :-).

4. Time well spent: to my own surprise, spending two days per week cleaning doesn't waste time. Since the work doesn't require much brain power, I can do it automatically, while thinking on the startup and other things. I got so many cool ideas while cleaning, that at some point I downloaded a memo app so I could write these ideas down as they come (and they do).

5. Finally, I get paid for this job just enough to cover the apartment rent, which alleviates the financial pressure of an early-stage startup. I think of it as a gym that pays me for my workouts! How cool is that?

Of course, cleaning is not the only option with all the above benefits. There's also construction work, gardening, dog-walking, non-express delivery services, shopping for disabled or old people... you name it. For some of these you can even get community service points.

I think every startup founder or self-employed person should try this method.
If I had time, I'd create a startup around this idea :-)
Adrian Garcia
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Adrian Garcia Entrepreneur
Founding Partner at Carao Ventures
Swimming at noon for 60 minutes. If you can build it into your schedule and have availability of a pool.
Jessica Magoch
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Jessica Magoch Entrepreneur
Sales doesn't have to be a dirty word. Get more clients without being icky, sleazy, or just plain annoying.
I've practiced martial arts since I've been 15 and recently came back to it. It's the best way I find to have an incredible workout that doesn't feel like one, work toward a goal and be recognized for it, and have the accountability of classmates and sensei's to make sure you show up. Tournaments and belt testing keep it extra exciting so there's always a reason to uplevel. People are always like, "how do you do all you do AND train for your black belt." The answer is simple. I hate the treadmill! I go at 8pm and my husband gets his alone time with the kids. It's important to have personal goals to strive for outside of business to feel well rounded.
Laura O'Melia
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Laura O'Melia Entrepreneur
Marketing Pro, Entrepreneur, Health & Wellness, Social Butterfly

It's great to prioritize your health and make the time to always get it done. I also love that you map out your marathon schedule ahead of time. I agree that when you have something to train for or work towards, you are more accountable to doing it, than just leaving it to chance. I work out at home, in my garage. I have a TV and DVD player set up and also use my lap top to stream Beachbody on Demand. This works for me because it doesn't require me to spend time driving to a gym or even put on matching clothes. I can just get it done whenever I am at home. Plus I do intense workouts, like Insanity Max 30, P90X3 or Hammer and Chiselwhich are all about30 minute workouts, so that saves time and guarantees I get an effective workout. Pluse be sure to eat clean and stay hydrated. I am training for a tri, so starting swimming practice this week. I'll have to venture out of my garage for that one. Good luck.

Chitra Rajeshwari
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Executive Director at Avasant Foundation
First of all congrats on your runs for the year...I too run easily 8-9 races a year which includes 4-5 half marathons. I exercise first thing in the morning I bit the road and/gym at 5-5.15am and get my hour in..to be it is part of my daily activities, just like eating, working and everything else we do everyday..why should exercising be treated differently when it can only do our body good! Making it part of everyday routine is the best way to go!
Bob Fucci
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Bob Fucci Entrepreneur
Sales and Revenue Growth, Strategy, Advisor, Speaker
Many thanks for the thoughtful responses - @Jim Bunyan I agree completely about our dogs being our motivation.
Aaron Vargas - Digital Product Consultant
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Sr. User Experience Architect and Front End Developer
I'm a former fitness model that used to be very overweight as a child and again struggled with extra weight during peak times of stress in adulthood and while growing first business. Simply put it all comes down to diet and exercise. A lot has to do with finding the motivation to stay dedicated to a plan and lifestyle, whether you are doing it for yourself or others. Though I have a pretty hectic schedule I've learned a couple of routines that work great from home and only take about 45 minutes each day. That and eating basic healthy foods has helped me stay in shape.
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