It’s not all about getting active with them. Sometimes we all need a bit of ‘me’ time and exercise can offer the perfect escape. You only need make a few timesaving alterations to your day, get a bit creative and committed and you should find exercising on your own a lot simpler.

  • The early bird

Many people prefer to get exercise out of the way first thing so that they have the rest of the day to themselves. If you’re a busy mum this shouldn’t exclude you. Granted, getting out of bed any earlier than you absolutely have to is never going to be easy, but once you’re up and out there you’ll forget what all the fuss was about. And the chances are, once you’re into a routine, you’ll find it easier to stick with it – experts have found that those who exercise in the morning before other commitments distract you, are more likely to keep it up. And for those who need that little bit of extra help to overcome the temptation to sleep on, set your trainers and clothes next to your bed to serve as a reminder.

  • Plan Ahead

Planning for tomorrow can save valuable time and help overcome the morning rush. Just by getting clothes ready for the morning, making sandwiches and even getting breakfast items ready, you could save yourself 15 minutes. And those are 15 minutes you can use elsewhere. Instead of lying in, get up at the usual time and venture out for an invigorating brisk walk or jog. Aside from the fitness benefits, an early morning walk will wake you up and prepare you to face the day. By exposing yourself to daylight you should find yourself feeling more alert because sunlight helps the body produce vitamin A.

  • Fit in around your working day

If you’re in work and on flexi-time take advantage. If you can arrive that bit earlier and leave that bit later so you can make the most of a longer lunch. Brace the outdoors for some heart-raising exercise mid-way through your workday and you’ll free yourself up for the rest of the day. Even a walk to the sandwich shop or a lap of the park counts.

  • Don’t dawdle after work

On days when you don’t have to dash straight home make a deal with yourself to get active. The chances of making it back out once you’ve snuggled up on the sofa in front of the television are slim so don’t delay. Change in work and venture out for a de-stressing walk or jog. Alternatively catch an early exercise class or head to the gym or swimming pool for a workout.

  • Make it social

Time spent with friends is precious so if you’re worried about sacrificing valued social time with your friends in favour of fitness, suggest a group jog or cycle – chances are they’ll appreciate the coaxing. If they’re not bowled over by the idea, add a meal and drinks after your workout as extra incentive. Exercising with friends also increases your chances of sticking with it as you’ll be less likely to back out.