Having a hard time finding time for workouts? Here are five ways to sneak in regular workouts in a busy schedule.
- Track Your Steps – One of the easiest ways to sneak in workouts in a busy schedule is to track your steps. By tracking your steps, you will start to notice all the times you are actually working out without even realizing it. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, check! Moving around the office just a little bit more than usual, check! Taking that extra lap around the block when walking your dog, check! The reality is that workouts don’t have to be in the gym or even planned out, they can be done anytime and anywhere, but the point is to just get moving as much as possible and to track your steps, this is so you know exactly how many calories you are burning.
- Make Your Commute A Workout – Have you ever thought about how much time you actually spend in your car on the way to work? Well, the answer might just surprise you. Your commute is the easiest place to sneak in an extra workout here and there. Instead of taking your car to work, bring a change of clothes in your bag and ride your bike. And, if that is not an option, drive your car halfway to work, find a safe place to park, and then walk the rest of the way. The reality is that your commute in the morning is the best time to get a quick workout in since you will not only burn a lot of calories, but you will also get the chance to get your body and mind jump started for the day!
- Push Yourself After You Leave Work -The reality is that many of us have a hard time actually getting out there and working out, and mornings, before we even get to work, can be an especially hard time to actually get up and work out. So, the answer to tricking your body and mind into working out and not hating it is to work out after work. The truth is that working out after work is the best time to work out since you are pretty much done with your day, and you have a window of time after you get out of work that is usually open. You have enough energy from the day to sustain yourself through a workout, and you won’t have to get up at a wildly early hour just to work out. The best time to work out is a few hours before bed at around 6pm or 7pm in the evening.
- Make It Fun – No one wants to be bored, am I right? This is why a big secret in pushing yourself to sneaking in a little workout here and there is to make it fun. Now, this could mean different things to different people, but overall, making it fun means to bring along a few friends for workouts, take a cool new class you have been hearing about, or go to the beach or a public pool on the weekend and swim to your heart’s content. The reality is that working out does not have to be boring or tiring, it can actually be quite fun, but it’s all up to you to make it that way.
- Don’t Forget The Weekends – Many working professionals think that they need to work out during the week or they will never get their workouts in, but this is not the case at all. The weekends are actually the best time for working professionals to work out. The reason why this is so is because weekends are free and clear, usually filled with family-fun time or chores and errands. Make it easy on yourself and sneak in a workout during the evening on each weekend night and watch yourself work out without even wincing. There are 24 hours in a day, and when you are not sleeping, make sure you use some of that time to actually get a few workouts in.
Disclaimer: This page is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians. Always check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program or nutrition plan.