Leave your excuses behind; there are ways to exercise on a busy schedule. I know, you’re thinking its not possible… you have kids to take care of, you work too many hours, and the gym is just too far away. Well, think about the down time you have after work. Or, the time you have while the kids are at school. It is possible to take an hour out of your day to devote it to your fitness.
Okay, I get it… sometimes we really don’t have any time. If that is truly your reality, there are ways you can incorporate exercise into your day without having to go to the gym.
Getting in just a few minutes of exercise in the morning will fire up your metabolism and give you energy for the day ahead. Doing a few workouts during your workday, will help improve your memory and boost your brain power, ultimately resulting in you getting more done. While, exercising at night, will help promote relaxation and ease the stresses of the day.
Here are 8 Ways to Exercise on a Busy Schedule.
1. Make a phone call
Instead of sending a text or email, make a phone call. Get up and walk around the block, or pace around your office while talking on the phone.
2. Take the stairs
Skip the elevator, walk up the stairs. Taking the stairs is one of the best exercises you can do. It will help you build muscle mass while also burning extra calories. Not to mention, taking the stairs is a huge time saver. By the time the elevator door opens, you will already be reaching your floor.
3. Take a fitness class
Okay, you don’t have much time. Instead of wasting it at the gym roaming around looking for a machine, then walking from one machine to the next, just take a fitness class. Show up on time, workout and leave right when the class is over. Most classes are usually only around 45 minutes long.
Yes, you can make your household chores into a workout session. Just sweep faster, scrub your dishes harder and even add in some jumping jacks in between.
5. Wake up earlier
In some cases, the reason why you have no time is because you are not making any time. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and go for a quick run. This will give your metabolism a boost and have you feeling great for the day ahead.
6. Get off the bus, subway or train one stop earlier
Getting off one stop before yours will give you some extra walking time. Walking even a short distance will help lower your chances of weight gain, burn extra calories, and help you burn off some steam.
7. Workout on your lunch break
Instead of eating your lunch at your desk, get up and get out. Walk to a local park and eat your lunch there, then take a walk back. The weather is bad outside? That’s okay; bring a set of dumbbells to work and burn some calories right at your desk.
8. Get off the couch