“Bah, Humbug! I Don’t Have Time to Exercise!”

You might as well refer to yourself as “Scrooge” if you’re giving up on your exercise routine this time of year. It sounds harsh, but let’s face it,  by not exercising what you’re essentially doing is ‘bah, humbugging’ your weight-loss success.  

I hear you—you’re busy, stressed and tired. Each of these barriers on their own can make it difficult to stay focused on your eating and exercise plan. I promise you this though, especially when it comes to exercise —- Sticking to your regime will give you more energy, reduce your tension and can counter-balance some of those extra PointsPlus values you might be consuming.


Easier said than done? Not necessarily. You’ve just got to be creative with ways to stay active and to free up some “you” time.

Here are some tips that have worked for me and other Weight Watchers members:

  • Create an exercise schedule and put it on your calendar as a “must do.
  • Wear your running or workout shoes to the mall and take a lap or two around the mall before you even set foot in a store.
  • If you’re going on an overnight trip, take your laptop and bring along one or two of your favorite exercise DVDs. You can then get in a good workout everyday, whether you’re a guest in someone else’s home or in a hotel.
  • Ask a friend or family member to put on their layers, go outside and exercise with you. Go for a brisk walk (and look at all the pretty lights), ice skate, build a snowman, shovel snow for neighbors-in-need.
  • Not the outdoorsy type? Crank up the music and ask those same people to dance with you. Or you can pop an exercise/dance game into your X-Box or Wii console and have some exercise fun!
  • Get up ½ hour earlier than usual and get in your exercise before your day even begins.
  • Invest in multiple sets of resistance bands. They’re economical, they travel and store well and can really enhance your workout, especially when you’re facing a time-crunch. Keep a pair at your workplace, in your home and in your suitcase or car.
  • Squeeze in little bursts of extra movement: Jog in place as you’re waiting for the oven timer to go off. Do some sit-ups or jumping jacks during TV commercials. Pace around the house as you’re talking on the phone.