It seems we’re all busier than ever, with our work schedules, family commitments and taking time for ourselves. With so much to do, unfortunately, it’s easy to let our fitness plans and goals fall by the wayside. Fortunately, there are some surprisingly easy ways to work fitness into even the busiest schedule. Here are some of the top tips, tricks and techniques:
Walk Whenever Possible
Making time for taking more steps throughout your day is one of the easiest ways to work more physical activity into your schedule. From walking (or bicycling) to work to power-walking between meetings, you’ll be moving more and burning more calories. Consider parking further away from your destination to force more walking even during everyday errands.
If you have your own office or cubicle, consider keeping a small set of dumbbells or bands and do some strength training sets on breaks or during your lunch hour. You can even do them while on phone calls with associates or clients.
If you like to indulge in TV-watching during your off time, use this period as a workout time as well. Simply running in place, doing aerobic moves or strength training can allow you to stay fit while also unwinding with a bit of TV or part of a movie.
Perhaps you’re the type of person who if you don’t workout first thing in the morning, you won’t do it later in the day? Well, if you know this about yourself, schedule early morning gym sessions and stick to them. Conversely, if you’re not a morning person, don’t force yourself to get up early and work out. You’re more likely to skip workouts and “fall off the wagon.” Afternoon, evening or even late-night workouts at 24-hour facilities are fine. You know you best, and you should construct a workout and fitness plan that fits your style and preferences.
Studies have shown that some types of workouts are more efficient than others at getting results in a shorter amount of time. For example, interval training alternates short high-intensity bursts with lower intensity periods in workouts that last just 15 to 20 minutes with tremendous fat burning benefits. Studies also show that regular strength training supports fat loss and ideal weight over time, so consider combining these two styles for an efficient and effective fitness plan.
Everyone wants to be healthy and fit, but we’re all busier than ever. Fortunately, there are ways to work out more efficiently and stay active throughout the day. Use these five tips to stay fit even when your schedule is at its most hectic.