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13 Ways for Time-Crunched Bloggers to Lose Weight and Blog Better

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Like a lot of bloggers, I’m a night owl. I have a day job as well, and I find that I get my best writing done when I’m alone in a dark house.

When I’m up working late writing about how to make money online, I sometimes turn the television on for some comforting background noise.

Late-late-night television tends to be a lot of infomercials, and a lot of very muscular men and women yelling at me, telling me it only takes X amount of time to get these rippling abs or X amount of money to find my perfect diet.

I know about several diets like Medifast or Nutrisystem and I know they work, but diet is not enough. Exercise is important if you want to stay healthy and be more effective as a blogger.

While I frantically rummage around for my credit card, I realize that the tightness in my hamstrings and low back probably mean I should start with more practical movement, increase my flexibility and strengthen the muscles that really matter before working on those vanity abs.

How bloggers can fit exercise into their schedule?

Here’s a short presentation:

I’m still tempted by the infomercial guy’s promise of a small time commitment to health. We’re busy people.

So, with some trial and error and some help from a personal trainer, here are a few ways to fit fast, functional exercise into your busy daily life.

  1. Play more. If you have kids or can borrow someone else’s, play a game of one-on-one basketball or kick a soccer ball around. Activities like these get you moving and increase your heart rate, speeding your metabolism and giving you a healthy dose of mood-enhancing endorphins.
  2. Go for a walk. If this sounds silly or easy, add in some circuit training every 5 or 10 minutes. Do jumping jacks, lunges or burpies for 30 seconds at each stop, then continue your walk to bring your heart rate back down.
  3. Go for a jog. If you have children, bring them along in a jogging stroller or have them ride their bikes ahead of you.
  4. Clean the house! If you’ve ever gotten into a cleaning tear, you know that you can work up quite a sweat. Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, organizing or rearranging furniture can all make you (and your home) feel better.
  5. Take the stairs. If you live or work in a building with an elevator, start taking the stairs instead. Start with one or two flights before hopping on the elevator, and eventually work your way up to taking stairs the whole way up and down.
  6. Walk home from work. If you usually take the train or bus, get off a stop or two early so you have to walk a bit on your way home.
  7. Take breaks. While blogging, do push ups or sit ups between tasks, then relax or stretch your legs as you type.
  8. Take a break outside. If you’re so lucky to have a regular lunch break, use it to take a walk outdoors.
  9. Dance party! Alone or with a partner or friend, crank up the music and dance it out.
  10. Stretch while you’re on the phone. While you listen to you mom complain about your other siblings, do some simple stretching.
  11. Tackle your to-do list. Wash the car, cut the grass or do some gardening to work long-forgotten muscles.
  12. Practice yoga. Use your extra 30-60 minutes in the morning to practice yoga, go for a run, or follow an exercise DVD. Not only does yoga help with weight loss, it also gives you tremendous inspiration and energy when you blog.
  13. Stretch at your desk. Between projects, take a few minutes to stretch out. You don’t even need to leave your chair!

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Jane Sheeba
 

is an entrepreneur and online business consultant. She shares her wellness tips at Slick Wellness. If you are into starting/running an online business and want success with life and business go here.

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Joseph Mills - May 2, 2012

Yoga exercise for me is the best. I usually spent 50 minutes or sometimes two hours for my asana. It makes me feel more alert, less stress and less anger too. This is my secret to keep my body and mind calm and peaceful And happy always . 🙂 Thank you Jane

All the best,

Joseph

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alex - May 2, 2012

loke Joseph above, i rate yoga, although i dont have a beautiful beach body as such i am more toned and supple by doing yoga once a week, its a good stress reliever too, puts me more in my body and less in my head

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Sean - May 3, 2012

For me, jogging and healthy diet is very effective. I jog at least 3 times a week, eat fruits for breakfast, and minimize eating meat and processed foods.

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Aakash Goyal - May 3, 2012

finally got a good solution for my increasing weight.

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Elena - May 3, 2012

Hi, Jane! Blogging involves lots of time spent sitting down, so a fitness program is a must. I like jogging, especially because I see lots of things happening outside and which most of the time inspire me to write new, interesting blog posts.

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Becca - May 5, 2012

My everyday routine doing household chore is my exercise before i start working in my computer. I started gaining weight so i make sure to atleast i am doing anything to keep my body active. thanks for the wonderful tips, i will try them.

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Oliver Tausend - May 6, 2012

Hi Jane,

thanks for sharing this. I agree that losing weight and maintaining our desired weight is not only about nutrition but also exercising. I lost 5 kg slowly in the past months by eating more specifically natural foods and nutritional supplements plus running three times a week for 45 mins. Running alone doesn’t cut it, just like eating correctly. I recommend choosing an accountability for the exercising, I have had one since mid december and I don’t want to make a fool of myself, do I ? Thanks to internet, she doesn’t have to live nearby. Mine lives in Italy 🙂

Cheers

Oliver

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Nishadha - May 18, 2012

This is very timely advise. Most people are part time blogger so they have even lesser time compared to full time bloggers. However as you have mentioned there are plenty of daily activities which we can add to our routines that are great exercises.

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Dave - June 27, 2012

Jane – that’s a really fantastic list! For someone who works from home, sitting in the chair hour after hour takes it’s toll on your body! Not only do you gain weight, but it’s terrible for the joints! Another great suggestion would be to join a community drop in league to play your sport of choice. It’s a great social occasion, plus you get exercise to boot on a weekly basis…and it’s generally something you’ll stick with because it’s fun!

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Andrew - June 27, 2012

The tips are good and making blog a viral is great as this will really help us to spread the blog as much as possible such as on social networking sites.

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Sofia - July 9, 2012

I’ve tried some hard core workouts like Insanity and similar, but the results were quite disappointing, and I was too tired to blog afterward.
When I started changing my diet more drastically and followed the 4 hour Body diet, everything changed.

So I would suggest looking into the diet as well, that mad the biggest difference for me.

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jay - July 10, 2012

Something I do that works wonders for me is setting a little timer to go off every hour. I do a couple sets of crunches and pushups, walk around, and strap on wrist weights for 15 minutes.
Granted I’m not a full time blogger however I do put in 2-3 hours daily.

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dodo - July 14, 2012

playing basketball or football is an effective way to lose and building some muscles. beside, we can have some favorite sports and lose weight in the same time 🙂

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Corey - July 26, 2012

Your list is extensive. I work from a desk at home. I find it boring at times to exercise in the house. I like the to do list idea. Get something constructive done while moving around.

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Gary - August 8, 2012

I totally agree with this sentence “Go for a walk. If this sounds silly or easy, add in some circuit training every 5 or 10 minutes.” because walking can add 3 minutes in your life. It is definitely true that you must be physically, socially, spiritually and mentally fit all the time.

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analy - August 19, 2012

yes, i agree that bloggers are spent more time on sitting, and if their have lift time they prepare to take a rest done making exercise….

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Lee - September 1, 2012

Hi for me I find the best way is to go for a jog or swim before I go to work. That way I get my exercise in gets my body and mind in gear for the day ahead and helps me keep my weight in check.

Thanks lee

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RObW - September 2, 2012

Personally I think for many reasons the best thing to do is take a walk. Day or night, doesn’t really matter. Not only will it give you some fresh air, but there is just so much to see whereever you live. If you’re not used to walking just go for 15-20 minutes, but look around and absorb all that you see. Look for the beauty that is there, even amongst dirt, rubble, unkept gardens, cars, rubbish… it doesn’t matter what you are looking at, just make sure you see.

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Mark Smith - September 5, 2012

Your tips is so realistic and it gives me more time to really exhaust all the possible ways of wellness.

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carolina - September 14, 2012

hi “Jane” I really love such kind of unique concept blog And I really appreciate and loved your 13 way to loss weight . I think tips will surely help them for losing weight.

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Crisencio Paner - September 20, 2012

This article is very informative! I learned a lot! Thank you for sharing it.

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Lee - October 1, 2012

I forgot to add in my other comment that the exercise then helps me be able to eat more of what I like. If I endulge a bit to much I just make sure I exercise a bit harder to make up for it. Sometimes I enjoy my food a bit to much

Thanks lee

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lisa - October 2, 2012

That’s 100% true. Bloggers lose weight fast than any other because they love to share their daily life and activities with other bloggers. This thing has helped me a lot.

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Fitness Weapons - October 13, 2012

Great tips. I will use this as a resource for all of my fitness clients with sedentary jobs. People dont realize how little things can contribute to a big change.

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Glen - November 15, 2012

Hey Jane, I have a 1 year old Labrador retriever who keeps me moving. If she doesn’t get her play time she’s a bear to handle.

The moral of the story… Get a Lab and lose 20 pounds. 🙂
She definitely keeps me fit!

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jasmin - December 9, 2012

Thanks Jane Sheeba for this awesome post. I want lose my weight. How can i do it. Please, give some tips. I will waiting your reply. Thanks again

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morten olesen - December 10, 2012

I agree all people who sit’s in front of a computer should do some physical movement at least 5 minute each hour. Even better should they be standing in front of the computer instead of sitting, because this is actually better for your health and not at least your weight.

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Lee - December 26, 2012

Hi Jane exercising to keep the brain healthy is so important because just sitting there in front of the computer is so unhealthy. You need to get the juices flowing around the body to keep the brain stimulated and in good health.

Thanks lee

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may suoi - December 29, 2012

great, that’s the good way to lose weight, I exercise regularly to keep the body healthy

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Harman - January 5, 2013

I am very busy person as i have a lot of computer work! I think yoga can help me alot.

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Susan - January 8, 2013

Really practical and useful tips. I am feeling pretty satisfied that this is how i started my freelancing career, but i missed the contract template part. Its a good idea which would bring more professionalism in the work. Thanks for sharing.

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Veero - January 9, 2013

I got too much fat and planing to reduce it but don’t have much time to do regular exercises, by follow the tips above i can achieve my goal 🙂 Thanks for sharing good information

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sam - January 12, 2013

This article makes a good point that when time is not always on your side creativity must come into play. Finding ways to exercise and fit activity into necessary daily parts of life is the only chance for physical activity many people get. Ideas like taking the stairs or playing with your kids are great because they are part of daily life.

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MUhammad Khalil - January 13, 2013

Thanks for the awesome advice. I have been going back and forth on whether or not I was going to get it or not. After reading your post I think I am going to pull the trigger with the next little bit if income I have come my way. Thanks a lot!

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Cyracks - January 25, 2013

I never knew dancing at the party was any exercise but it really is. Blogging all day alone in your room is always boring. My main exercise if football. I join by mates on the street to play street soccer and i enjoy it pretty well.

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Steve Moore - February 11, 2013

Great tips thanks Jane! I feel that in order to blog your best and live a fulfilling life you really need to take time for yourself and take care of your health.

It’s always easier said than done I know so I’ll be printing off this list and posting it right beside my monitor 🙂

Cheers!

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Sanjeev Singh - February 15, 2013

Although these exercises are beneficial for all specially for bloggers but I have read in newspaper that chewing a bubblegum will help to do internal exercise. Is this chewing exercise is helpful?? If yes that at what extent??

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Mike Dawson - February 16, 2013

Dancing at a party is a good exercise but bloggers are too socially awkward to attend many parties… what say?

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erwin - February 23, 2013

I like this idea, because as we know that most bloggers spend their time just by sitting in front of the computer the whole day. Coupled with bad eating habits can lead to serious diseases in the future.

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Surminga - March 27, 2013

You don’t need a huge amount of time each day to get fit, you can do it small portions, for example a quick 30-40 minute run in the morning or evening.

If a blogger wants to get fit he or she will make the time. Another tip – if you don’t wish to diet then you could try dieting.

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hicham - April 13, 2013

Great tips thanks Jane! I feel that in order to blog your best and live a fulfilling life you really need to take time for yourself and take care of your health.

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Saransh - April 29, 2013

Waking up in the morning early and going for a walk with music or some audio cassettes for training is what suits me best 🙂

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Chloe Wallace - April 30, 2013

Sitting for a long period of time is a bad for the health. It also causes obesity. That’s why a blogger that requires sitting is at a high risk.

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Carl - May 7, 2013

I personally have the opposite issue, losing weight when blogging. Drink too much coffee and smoke too much, rarely have time to reach the fridge.

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