In a perfect world, we’d all have at least an hour a day to give to our fitness. Work, in particular, can get in the way of exercising. How do you remain to be fit in the midst of responsibilities and stress? Here are five tips on how to fit exercise into your daily routine — no matter how busy you are with work, or anything else.
- Set your alarm earlier.
As dragging as it sounds, becoming an A.M. exerciser means you get to cross your workout off your to-do list as soon as possible. We’re not telling you to skip out on sleep in favor of a sweat session, but there are simple steps you can take to reset your sleep schedule and wake up earlier. Wear your workout clothes to bed and get your sweat on as soon as you wake up.
- Take the stairs.
Instead of walking leisurely up a flight of stairs, gradually increase your speed and the number of stairs you take in one minute.
- Cut down on media.
Busy as we may be, we have less trouble finding time for television and social networking. For just a few days, trace how much time you spend surfing the internet, checking personal email, watching TV and playing video games whether it’s on your computer or your phone. You just might be stunned at how much time you spend. Cut out just some of that screen time and, voila, you suddenly have time to pinch in at least 10 or 15 minutes of work out even in the busiest days.
- Make it part of your routine.
Devote and commit to it. See, it takes time to brush your teeth in the morning, but you do it, don’t you? You brush your teeth every day because it’s important. Start making some form of exercise—whether it’s walking the dog, doing 10 minutes of yoga or going for a bike ride after dinner—a daily tradition.
- Turn chores into exercise.
More points for you if you frequently clean your house. It can absolutely be a workout if you want it to be. Set a kitchen timer for 20 minutes and see how much of the house you can clean. Try to be as efficient and quick-paced as possible, and I guarantee you’ll work up a sweat.
Remember, exercise gives you energy and keeps you healthy to keep going in that busy life of yours! So don’t think of exercise as another item in your to-do list. Instead, think of it as maintenance for your health and a way to de-stress and do something for you!