10 Ways to Find More Time to Exercise

Get off the bus one or two stops early to add steps--and calorie burning--to your day. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Get off the bus one or two stops early to add steps–and calorie burning–to your day. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Between work, family, friends and everything else, you’re busy. Here are 10 ways to fit more exercise into your life (via Fitness):

  1. Turn your commute into a workout. When the weather permits, consider walking, running, biking or blading to work. Worried about the sweat factor? If you take public transportation to work, bring your sweats and sneakers  and jog home afterwards. Not a runner? Get off the bus a stop or two before yours, or park further from the entrance to get in some extra steps.
  2. Set your alarm early. You can adjust your sleep schedule (read: go to sleep earlier!) to allow you to wake up earlier. It feels great to cross off working out on your to-do list before breakfast. Afraid you’ll hit the snooze button? Sleep in your workout clothes, or set them out the night before, so that you can just get up and go.
  3. Sneak in a lunch break workout. Use those 60 minutes to your waistline’s advantage by fitting in a gym session or a long walk. You’ll also be more productive when you get back to your desk.
  4. Work out at work. Even if your day is non-stop, you can still work out at your desk in minutes-long increments. Try these easy one-minute workouts you can do at work.
  5. Exercise with your kids. If you’ve got young children with you during the day, take them in the jogging stroller for a long walk or run. Baby on board? Strap him or her in a front carrier while you do squats for added resistance.
  6. Multitask on the treadmill. Hold a three- to five-pound dumbbell in each hand as you walk briskly on the treadmill, then do one minute each of shoulder presses, biceps curls, triceps extensions, side laterals, front laterals, and standing triceps kickbacks. Do two sets for a challenging and effective 10-minute workout.
  7. Make it a workout date. Star athletes like Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and her husband, NHL player Bret Hedican, set up workout dates to stay in tip-top shape. Single? Invite friends to try a new workout with you.
  8. Get fit in the store checkout line. Long line at the grocery store? Seize the opportunity and do some toe raises, and if you’re feeling brave, some squats and lunges, too. Though people might shoot strange looks in your direction, you’ll be getting stronger and burning calories.
  9. Watch TV actively. Commercial breaks give you the perfect opportunity to tone up in short bursts of exercise. Try rounds of sit-ups, push-ups, planks and lunges, or do Fitness magazine’s “Made-For-TV Workout.”
  10. Change how you climb stairs. Instead of taking a leisurely pace up the stairs, gradually increase your speed as you walk. And if you’re able to take two stairs at a time, you will target your gluteal muscles even more.

 

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