One of the most common struggles I hear from clients is how difficult it is to accomplish everything they need to in 24 hours. Eating, sleeping, meal prep, working, family time, exercise — it can be hard to figure out how to fit it all in. Scheduling, planning and staying organized can help a great deal, but sometimes you still find there is no hour a day for exercise. Fitness is, unfortunately, one thing that gets pushed to the side, especially for busy working adults. We all know it’s important, but it just doesn’t make the cut in our planners.
While you may not have hours a day to spend at the gym, your body needs activity. Here are some creative ways to incorporate more movement into your daily routine.
- Amp up household activities. It’s amazing the number of calories everyday activities can burn. Dance while you dust, speed mow the grass and vacuum with a purpose, realizing that at a decent clip, you’ll be spiffing up your home AND your health!
- Leave the car at home. If you need to run to the market down the street or the library a few blocks away, walk, run or ride your bike. Attach a basket to your bike or toss a backpack on to cart purchases home.
- Use your lunch hour. Yes, getting seriously sweaty on your lunch break may not be ideal, but taking a stroll and doing some stretches is attainable. You could even wrangle a coworker to go with you a few times a week to keep you accountable.
- Make social time active. When you get together with friends or family or head out on a date, opt for something involving activity. Hike a local trail, play a round of golf or disc golf, take the dog for a stroll or attend a festival or activity that requires some walking. You’ll be setting a great example for your children and motivating others, as well.
- Purchase exercise equipment. If you don’t have time to drive to the gym or you seem to be able to fit in exercise only after the kids are in bed, consider purchasing equipment to allow you to work out at home. An exercise bike, a treadmill or a stepper are great options that provide you with the flexibility to use them when you are able. Check out Craigslist or online Facebook yard sales to find deals on used equipment.
- Embrace commercials. If you’re dying to watch your favorite show, don’t fast forward through the commercials. Instead, sneak in some exercise. Try doing one exercise for the duration of each commercial. Try pushups, crunches, squats, leg lifts, bicep curls and planks.
- Sneak in more steps. Little bits of extra activity really do add up. Park further away from stores, take the stairs or take the long way around. If you use a fitness tracker, take notice of how many more steps you rack up in a day when you intentionally choose to do so.
Fitness is different for everyone, and it doesn’t have to mean hours and hours at the gym. Find activities that appeal to you, and it will be easy to sneak in more movement. For more ideas on healthy living, contact me, Karen David. I’d love to help you be your healthiest you.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.