Life’s a busy beast. For some of us, a 40-hour work week would seem like a vacation. And those out there with children, may have forgotten altogether about that thing called “free time.” So, how do the busy bees of this world find time to work out? The following is a list of 8 smart tips for how to stay fit when you’re hopelessly busy.
If you drive to work five days a week, consider parking your car on the far side of the parking lot rather than trying to jockey for the closest space to the entrance. The extra walking adds up, especially when you walk to and from your car at least 10 times a week.
Technology considered as a whole is amazing; but fitness technology currently enjoys outstanding capabilities. You can wear a thin band on your wrist, which syncs with your computer/smartphone to depit how well you slept, how many miles you walked, and what percentage of your day was spent sedentary vs. active. Amazing, right? What a great way for busy people to start and maintain good habits when it comes to leading an active lifestyle.
Many companies in the U.S. note that current research lends light to how healthy and active employees cost the companies less on sick leave, illness, injuries, and health insurance claims. As result, many corporations have installed on-site workout facilities, or at the very least a walking/running track on the grounds for employees to use to stay in shape. Even if you don’t have these perks, make it a habit to walk during breaks and lunch just inside the building. With a simple pedometer you can keep track of how far you walk every day just at work.
Stairs vs. Elevator
Whenever you have the opportunity, take the stairs rather than the elevator. At first, climbing stairs may leave you out of breath. But the more often you do it, the easier it becomes and climbing stairs is great for toning leg and core muscle groups. As far as being in a hurry goes, standing and waiting on an elevator to reach your floor is a huge waste of time. Taking the stairs is often faster!
Wrist and Ankle Weights
Wrist and ankle weights are especially useful when at home. Put on the weights and go about your day. You’ll hardly notice them while you’re performing your at-home tasks, but you will start to notice more toned arm muscles and increased strength as a result. Standing doing dishes or folding laundry? With ankle weights you can do standing leg lifts while you work instead of simply standing still. Flex your foot and lift your leg out to the side. You will feel it in your hip flexors and glutes at the end of the day. Hard to argue with that!
Watch Your Diet
When we’re busy we tend to reach for “convenience foods” to save on time. Pre-packaged or processed foods may be easy to reach for, but they are very unhealthy! It is worth taking a few more minutes to go get a healthy snack or even better, make it at home and bring it to work with you! Those extra fat calories and preservatives can sneak up on you, so be proactive about healthy eating even if you’re busy!
If you’ve ever tried planking, you know that holding any variation of the pose for even a short amount of time is challenging! But for the busy person, this is a plus. When you hold a basic plank pose, you work all of your core muscles, your shoulders and your arms. Try one just for 30 seconds and you will likely be breathing heavily afterwards! Make it a habit throughout your days to stop, drop, and plank 2-3 times a day. So we’re talking about a total of 2-3 minutes of time and everyone has three minutes a day to work out!
You can do this one while sitting at a stop light or even on the train to work. While you sit, engage your abdominal muscles as tightly as you can, and hold for a count of 5-10 seconds. Do this at every opportunity throughout your day – even at your desk or in a long and boring meeting at work!
We’re all busy keeping up with our lives, and if you are an extremely busy person you can still find time to work out. You just need motivation and a little creativity–even the busiest person can still find ways to exercise!