Go make a survey and ask people why they don’t exercise. Chances are the phrase “I’m too busy” will come up 80 percent of the time. That is expected, with today’s overly fast-paced lifestyle. It’s like everyone is racing against time. But no matter how hectic your everyday schedule is, you can still squeeze a little bit of exercise if you really set your mind to it. Here are some clever and sneaky ways on how to do just that.
30 Minutes, That’s All You Need
Forget about taking formal sessions. Forget about spending the whole day at the gym. If you’re busy, you don’t have to feel pressured about enrolling in a fitness program that would eat up much of your time. Just allot 30 minutes of your day for a quick exercise and that’s a lot better than not exercising at all. Everyday, get up 30 minutes earlier than you should to give yourself some time to stretch those muscles, do a couple of squats, or jog in place. You’ll definitely feel a good boost that would not only be great for your body but also for your mood.
Multi-Tasking Is The Key
If you can’t steal 30 minutes from your busy life or there’s no way you’re waking up earlier, then you can do the next best thing: be a multi-tasker. Tiptoe to lift your body up while cooking breakfast, jog in place while you brush your teeth, or go outside for a 30-minute brisk walking while you conjure ideas for your next big project. See unlimited possibilities now? The great thing about multi-tasking is that you get to maximize your time, doing two things at the same time. Just make sure that you don’t lose focus on what you’re doing so you don’t end up getting distracted, or worse, injured. Also, juggle only light tasks that are easy to combine – of course, you can’t wash the dishes while doing jumping jacks, right?
Taking The Stairs
You always see the stairs but you choose the elevator each and every time. Don’t you know climbing the stairs is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories, strengthen muscles, and boost your heart rate? You don’t have to necessarily take 1000 steps a day, a few floors would do the trick. Not only that, you also help the environment by reducing carbon emissions from elevator use.
Handy Hand Grippers
Keep those little hand grippers on your desk and squeeze them each time you’re not using your hands for typing in the keyboard or signing those cheques. These grippers are great for stress relief. They also provide full workout for your arm.
The Parking Strategy
The trick is to park away from your work as possible. This way, you can walk to your office and have that extra workout without you even noticing it. If you’re going to walk 15 minutes to your office and another 15 minutes back to your car, that’s already 30 minutes of exercise that you would have needed for the day. Better yet, save up on gas by leaving your car at home, and walk all the way to your office if that’s possible for you.
Now that you know some of the best techniques in incorporating exercise into your daily life, you don’t have any more excuse not to give your body plenty of workout that it needs.