Is it just me or does life seem to keep getting busier? With a loaded down to-do list, it can be hard to find time to workout. Even something as simple and effective as a walk is hard to squeeze in on the busiest days. Here are a few sneaky ways to fit in some good-for-you exercises when you are feeling short on time:
- Wear a Pedometer: Something as simple as a pedometer can help you see how many steps you are really taking a day. Challenge yourself to take extra steps each day until you are at 5000-10000 steps. Park a little further than you have to, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or deliver a message to a co-worker in person rather than email. Getting to 5000 steps a day burns about 200 calories. Just this simple change can help you shed up to two pounds a month.
- Trade in Your Office Chair: If you are stuck in your cubicle all day, you are most likely not burning a lot of calories. If your workplace permits it, replace your standard chair with a yoga ball. You don’t have to do anything crazy with it, just sit on it. The ball will allow for natural movement, which will help you subconsciously burn more calories throughout the day. Also, as an added bonus, a stability ball can help prevent back pain.
- Little Moves Add Up: Challenge yourself to do a few little exercise moves before another task. For example, do five squats before you sit on the toilet, do ten kegel exercises when you are stopped at a stop light, hold a squat while you brush your teeth, and do twenty push-ups before hoping into bed. Just adding these extra moves sporadically throughout your day will burn a few more calories, help you tone up, and will not waste any of your precious time.
- Pair Exercise With Downtime: Think about your typical schedule and routine. Do you regularly have to make calls for work or do you watch your son’s soccer game on the weekend? Try doing those tasks while walking in place. Another way to squeeze in more exercise is to do it while you watch the news or your favorite show.
It can be hard to make time for exercise, but with the above tips, you can interweave exercise into your day. Before you know it, you will wonder how you ever watched your favorite TV show without walking in place.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
Story Credit, Image Credit: It is twenty-two thousand, four hundred thirty nine steps across San Francisco. by Adam Englehart. Used under Creative Commons license.
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