In today’s world, using the words “time” and “gym” in one sentence is hard to do without the word “no”. However, you don’t have to have time or go to the gym in order to stay fit. Many of our lives are overwhelmed with work, travel, and family time, leaving exercise the last thing on our priorities list. Here are some tips for staying active, even when you have no time in your schedule!
If possible, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to walk or bike to your destination. It’s recommended that an average person walks 10,000 steps (or 5 miles) per day in order to stay healthy. If you sit in an office all day, being active is crucial to your health. If you can’t walk or bike to work, use your lunch break to be active. Twenty minutes out of your lunch break can make a critical difference in your lifestyle. It’s also a great idea to stand up and stretch your legs every half hour. Even a few steps will help!
- Park Far Away
Many people rely on vehicles to get around on a day-to-day basis. Try parking farther away in the parking lot and walking to your destination, and take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators. Remember to walk straight and suck your belly in for extra benefits to the core and back. This will allow you to squeeze in those extra steps in and get the blood flowing without even noticing.
- Use the Powder Room
Setting goals for yourself is a great way to sneak in a workout. Although it may sound funny, try doing 10-12 squats every time you go to the bathroom. If you use the bathroom 6 times a day, that’s already over 60 squats! If you’re up for the challenge, lunges are also a great, powder room workout. Don’t worry about someone walking in on you; you’re bettering your body by doing something rather than nothing at all!
- Compete With Yourself
There is no better person to compete with than yourself- or technology rather. If you don’t have a fitbit, most cellphones have fitness trackers, and in today’s world, who doesn’t constantly have a phone on their hands? You can add your personal information onto these trackers in less than five minutes and start watching your daily activity. You’ll be amazed at the daily results and start focusing on getting those steps in! This is a great way to set goals and motivate yourself to keep active.
- Use A Bedtime Routine
We all have a bedtime routine! If you’re not a morning person, adding little workouts to your bedtime routine is a great benefit, and can even help you sleep better! Before hopping in the shower, try doing some crunches and yoga stretches. Your body will thank you for missing a few minutes of sleep for these simple exercises.