4 Ways To Exercise When You Think You Don’t Have Time April 3, 2016 – Posted in: Fitness, Uncategorized

4 Ways To Exercise When You Think You Don’t Have Time

If flipping the calendar to April caused you to think “what happened to March?!,” you’re not alone. Many of us are busier now than we’ve ever been and between competing demands on our time, it can feel like we don’t have a moment to ourselves. Consistently following an exercise schedule isn’t easy even during the calmest of times, so sticking with one or beginning one when things are busy isn’t always realistic. But not having extended periods of time to devote to exercise doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do to get moving & prioritize your health, even little bits at a time. Don’t think you have time to exercise? Think again.

Start your day with a 5-minute movement routine. OK, so you’re not a morning person, that’s fine. How about setting your alarm for just 5 minutes early in to make time for some morning stretches and movement to get your heartrate up before hopping in the shower or getting dresses. Set a time to count down from 5 minutes and do what you can in that time. If you’re looking for a place to start, try this simple circuit of 5 burpees, 10 sit-ups, 20 mountain climbers and repeat until time is up.

Park further away and walk a little further to and from the car when you’re running errands. While you might feel like it’s pointless to park at the far end of the parking lot/garages ince it’s only taking an extra 30 seconds at a time, all those steps add up throughout the day. If you want to see this visually, pick up a pedometer or exercise tracker. There’s no better motivation than to see your number of steps increasing throughout the day. Many sources suggest aiming for 10,000 steps per day, but remember that you are an individual and general suggestions may not be appropriate. If you’re just beginning to exercise and move more, pick an attainable goal, even if it’s significantly less than 10,000 steps. The idea is to start with a little bit more than you have been doing and improving from there.

Set an hourly movement timer on your phone or computer. Depending on your work environment, maybe you have the privacy of an office where you can do some light stretching and bodyweight exercises. If you’re in a more public environment, take a walk around the office or pop into an empty conference room (or bathroom, even) for your movement. Even just a minute or two of movement will help burn some calories, shake off the stiffness, and boost your energy. Your hip flexors are likely to get stiff from sitting all day so try this stretch in an addition to 10-15 bodyweight squats and 10-15 push-ups against your desk or a counter.

Gamify conference calls or news broadcasts. Instead of drinking whenever someone says “millennials” or “growth” do 10 sit-ups or lunges. Brainstorm some phrases or scenarios that happen repeatedly throughout your day and assign an exercise to them. See if you can get family members, coworkers, and friends on board to help keep you accountable and help keep them healthy!

If it feels overwhelming to try all of these at once, pick just one to start off with and try it today. Once you feel like you’ve gotten that one under your (looser fitting) belt, pick another and repeat the process. Before you know it, you’ll be exercising for 20-30 minutes a day without even noticing! Be sure to follow FYF Editor Esther Matus for more amazing fit tips and for all your training needs at http://www.estheravant.com

 

 

Written by: Esther Matus  Issue Date: April 3, 2016