In a perfect world, we have plenty of time to exercise. Unfortunately, our grand fitness plans don’t always work out how we may like. But don’t resign yourself to a sluggish lifestyle just yet because we have some great tips on how to fit exercise into a busy schedule.
Skip the commute to work
This may not be feasible for everyone, but if your work isn’t twenty kilometres away, why not walk, jog or cycle to and from work? Or if you don’t want to be hot and sweaty at the start of the day, bus or train it to work and then make your way home on foot.
Running, walking and cycling isn’t just a great bout of cardio, it’s also a form of transportation! So take advantage of it whenever you can. Alternatively, if you can’t make your own way to work, next time you go to the shops, go on foot. It’s that easy!
Become an early bird
Set your alarm and get your sweat on in the A.M. Exercising in the morning is not only a great way to kick start your metabolism the right way, it also gets the hard part out of the way first thing so you don’t have to worry about it later. If you’re worried you won’t be able to drag yourself out of bed with the sparrows, save time by wearing comfy workout clothes to bed.
Something is better than nothing
If you can’t squeeze 30 to 60 minutes of exercise into your daily routine, squeeze in short bursts whenever you’re able. A couple reps of squats when you go to the toilet, or a few trips up and down the stairs on your lunch break will still get your blood pumping and tighten your muscles. Also, a short but effective program of resistance training can be squeezed in at morning tea, or before you jump in the shower in the morning or the evening.
Take the kids with you
A lot of new mums or parents with young children find it hard to exercise when they’ve got kids hanging off them 24/7. Investing in a jogging appropriate stroller means that you can get them some fresh air, while getting in some miles yourself. Alternatively, take them to the park and get a core and upper body workout in on the monkey bars while they play.
Make it a date
Working out with your friends on your catch-ups instead of sitting around eating coffee and cake is a great way to squeeze exercise into your busy lifestyle.
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