Exercise should be a priority in everyone’s life. But, it can be challenging to fit a workout into an already-packed schedule. There is work, school, children, partners, housework, meal prep, friends, parents, laundry, meetings, parties, and more. It is exhausting just thinking about it. Nevertheless, if you are determined, you can do it!
Whether your goal is weight loss, muscle gain, or functional fitness, there are ways you can fit in brief periods of activity that will help you reach your end goals. Below are six tips to avoid the no workout guilt and get moving.
Work the legs while brushing your teeth
We brush our teeth twice a day for about two minutes. Rather than standing there mindlessly, make the most of that time! Alternate between squats, calf raises and wall sits while you brush your teeth for a quick leg workout.
Incorporate morning yoga
The morning rush can be rough if your routine consists of hitting the snooze button three times. Start the day off right by setting the alarm clock ten minutes earlier to meditate and tackle a few yoga poses. You will be more focused, energized, and prepared for the day ahead.
Work on the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike
Walk or run while you pay bills online, watch your favorite series on Netflix, or scroll through social media. You will probably be able to finish one or two miles, burning a few hundred calories in the process.
Workout your abs
Spare five minutes before your shower for an energy-boosting workout that requires no gym, treadmill, or dumbbells. Just complete a set of effective bodyweight exercises (squats, push-ups, planks, and crunches) that target your legs, arms, abs and butt. Breaking a quick sweat may be the best thing you do for yourself before leaving the house.
Take the stairs
When needed on the top floor, you may find the elevator tempting. Instead, take the challenge and choose the stairs.
Move around your desk
The average employee spends approximately 40 hours sitting on a chair, which increases your risk for diabetes, cardiovascular events, and high cholesterol. Keep moving your legs throughout the day to burn a few extra calories. Take little breaks to stand and walk as much as possible.