The number one reason clients give us for not exercising is that they don’t have time. We are here to tell you that incorporating exercise and movement into your day is not that hard, and if you don’t make time for exercise and health now, you’ll have to make time for illness later on in life.
There are plenty of things you can do to increase your fitness levels without stressing about finding more time in your day to exercise. While ideally you’ll get 30 minutes a day of exercise, it doesn’t have to be all at once!
Check out these 10 ways you can easily incorporate exercise into your daily routine:
1. Do wall sits while brushing your teeth. Just two minutes, twice a day or wall sits can really help shape up your quads!
2. Do calf raises while you wait in line in the cafeteria, grocery, post office, etc. This will give you shapely calves and ease your impatience as you wait.
3. Add a bonus workout while you walk your pet. While you’re taking your pup on their daily walk, add in a bonus workout! Walking past a bench? Add in 5 sets of 10 dips. Walking around the park? Throw in some burpees every hundred yards!
4. Exercise during meal prep. Why not use the time that it takes to warm up your food to get some exercise in? See how many push ups you can do before the timer goes off? Next meal, try some lunges!
5. Use TV time to get a workout in. Check out this extensive list of workouts you can do while your favorite show is on.
6. Walk and talk. When you’re fielding calls at the office or at home, get up and walk while you talk! Want to add an extra challenge? Do walking lunges.
7. Change up your commute. Instead of driving to work, try riding your bike! IF that’s too far, try parking at the top of the parking garage and taking the stairs all the way into the office.
8. Exercise while your kid practices. Headed to soccer practice, piano, gymnastics, etc.? While your kid practices, walk the field, the parking lot, and more to get yourself moving.
9. Set an alarm to go off every hour to remind you to get up and move. Once an hour, take a 2-5 minute break to get up and walk around. You can be productive while you do this! Walk to the person’s office you were about to email, walk while you talk on the phone, etc.
10. Park in the back of the parking lot. Instead of scouring the lot for the closest space, park in the back of the lot to get some extra steps in throughout the day.
As we age, we must make exercise a priority! What other small ways can you find to work more fitness into your daily routine? Share in the comments below!