While we know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle should be on the top of our priority lists, responsibilities both at home and at work can certainly interfere. In a perfect world, we`d have enough time to fit in an hour workout every day. Unfortunately though, 24 hours a day is sometimes not enough time to go about our daily lives, let alone, stay on top of a fitness regime.
When we take care of ourselves, we have a better chance of being that person we strive to be at home with our loved ones, on the job, and in our communities. While this doesn`t come easy, we have put together six ways of fitting exercise into your daily routine ﾖ no matter how busy you are.
1. Start Your Day an Hour Earlier
Waking up early to squeeze in a workout means that you can cross it off your list sooner. While you shouldn`t skip out on sleep in favor of a sweat session, you could reset your sleeping schedule by calling it a night an hour earlier than you normally would. Can’t quite get yourself together that early? Lay out your workout clothes the night before to help get your sweat on as soon as you wake up.
2. Turn Your Commute into a Workout
If you`re fortunate enough to live close by work, use it to your advantage. Instead of driving or taking public transportation, put your runners on and let your legs do the work. Not a runner? Bike to work or get off your bus a few stops earlier so that your walking time increases.
3. Make a Schedule and Stay Committed
One of the most common reasons people fail sticking to a workout regime is because they’re not fully committed. When it comes down to it, we can make time to squeeze in some exercise ﾖ even if it’s for 15 minutes. That’s why making a schedule and sticking to it can help you stay on top of a healthier lifestyle. Remind yourself that exercise is a priority worth keeping.
4. Sneak in a Lunch Break Workout
Make use of your lunch break by hitting the gym or going for a walk. Not only will this help you with maintaining your fitness schedule, but it will also help you be more productive once you return back to work. Seems like a win, win situation to us, right?
5. Multitask at the Gym
Multitask? How? If you’re pressed for time, you can always do two workouts at once. During a cardio session ﾖ either on the treadmill, or on the bike ﾖ grab a set of weights and do some bicep curls. To incorporate your core in this workout, squeeze your abs while performing the bicep curl. Talk about a full body workout in one
6. Do Something Instead of Nothing
You don’t need to do an hour (or even 30 minutes) to work up an effective sweat. Getting some form of exercise is certainly better than nothing. When it comes to being active, even 15 minutes can make a difference. So, if you’re completely pressed for time, give yourself at least 15 minutes to do something.
For as busy as we may be, staying active is important. So the next time you feel like you’re falling off the exercise rocker, follow these six tips above to keep yourself on track.