Fast Ways to Squeeze Fitness into Your Day
Is a very busy lifestyle preventing you from reaching your weight-loss goals? If you just don’t have time to get into the gym, it’s easy to give up on losing weight altogether.
But, just because you have a million and one things to do on your daily agenda does not mean that you have to kiss your fitness and weight-loss dreams goodbye.
There are a number of simple techniques that you can use that will help you squeeze fitness into even the busiest of days so that you can get it in and reach the goals that you’re after.
- Walk around the office. Any time you need to talk to a co-worker, rather than just sending off an email, get up and talk to them. All of this will add up over the course of the day.
- Walk to the next level to use the washroom. This will require you to walk up a flight of stairs, which is a great way to firm the lower body.
- Drop and do 20. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, at bed, or when you get home from work, stop and do 20 push-ups, 20 bodyweight squats or 20 sit-ups. Or do all three! It’s a fast workout that you can do in mere minutes.
- Start your morning off right. Get up 10 minutes earlier, and do a full-body workout circuit.
- Go walking at lunch. Rather than sitting at your desk to eat lunch, get out and go for a 15-minute brisk walk with a co-worker. You can enjoy a grilled chicken wrap or snack on veggies while you’re on the move.
- Do one all-out set. If you don’t have time to do your full workout session at the gym, stop and do one full out set of 10 or more exercises, giving it all you have for one minute per movement. As long as you push yourself, you can still see good results in 10 minutes a day.
- Take weekend journeys. If you can’t get in as much fitness as you’d like during the week, make it a mission to take a weekend excursion. Get out for a 2-hour hike and really burn up some serious calories. This is a great way to spend time with family or friends, or get out for some much-deserved peace and quiet.
- Cycle to work. Rather than driving, consider cycling (depending on the distance you live from your location of work). A commute of five miles is easier than you’d think, and depending on traffic, you might get there in the same amount of time.
- Park farther and walk. If you can’t cycle to work, park a few blocks away, and walk the rest of the distance.
- Get up to change the station. Rather than relying on the remote, try and get up as often as possible – including when you watch TV. You can also use this trick to control portion sizes. If you only have a small bowl of chips and pretzels, you’ll have to get up and walk to the kitchen if you’re really craving that second helping.
The Bottom Line:
So make sure that you have a good look over your lifestyle and see where you might just be able to squeeze fitness into your day. Start being active more often, even if it’s only a minute or two at a time, and you can feel confident that you will be on track to improved fitness levels and even a slimmer waistline.
Remember that it all adds up. Even if you can do just a very little bit, it will still be far better than nothing.