We’ve all been through periods in life, where finding the time to exercise is a bit of a challenge. We know it’s good for us, but when there’s a lot on our plates – it feels like an uncomfortable squeeze. While some people can get up with 2 hours to spare before work to fit in a workout, others find it too stressful. Here are some ways to sneak more exercise into your day:
Exercise for errands
If you have a closeby errand that you would normally drive to – opt for biking, rollerblading, walking, or any alternative way of transportation that makes you move. If you drive to your errand, park further away than you normally would. If there’s an elevator, choose to take the stairs. These small but impactful choices, change otherwise sedentary behaviors into health-enhancing activities!
Talk to those around you
When you take a break from work (even WFH) – rather than texting or calling friends, walk over to those around you and have a conversation (whether that be your partner, housemates or work colleagues). The act of standing up and taking a break from sedentary behavior does wonders for your metabolic and cardiovascular health.
Doing housework doesn’t have to be daunting – reframe it through a healthy lens, to become fun and even therapeutic! Make a healthy ritual around doing your housework. There is no doubt that breaking down boxes, cleaning dishes, and sweeping the floor is great exercise. Remember, housework doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be something that leaves you feeling rejuvenated!
Workout while at your desk
Workout at your desk? We aren’t talking about bringing 20 lb dumbbells to your desk and lifting weights while you’re on Zoom – rather investment in a standing desk, treadmill desk, or an under-the-desk bike set-up. It is possible to work and get your exercise in!
Set up a workout machine near your TV
If your end-of-day relaxation routine includes watching a show or two or catching up with the news – consider purchasing an elliptical machine or stationary stand for your bike. That way you can put the machine in front of your TV, and move!
Resort to technology
It is best to break up sedentary behavior every hour (even if just for a minute). Setting hourly reminders on your phone or go-to tech gadget is a great way to motivate yourself to get up and move. You can opt for a small bout of jumping jacks, a short walk around the table, light weights, or some stretching.
Getting in daily movement is easier than you think. You just have to think outside of the box! Use these tips as a guide to sneak more movement into your schedule.