We all have coworkers who seem to have it all together—including what seems like an impossible exercise routine. We imagine them waking up at 5 AM and tossing together a body and mind nourishing smoothie, heading out for a run while watching the sun rise, and still managing to arrive early at the office with the kind of glow you can’t pay for. Or maybe they use their lunch hour for a local yoga class, hit the gym for a session with a personal trainer after the day ends, or any other number of time-consuming fitness activities.
But what if your life is more complicated than that? How do you find the time to incorporate fitness into a routine where you work 40-60 hours a week, rush home to fulfill your family duties, put the kids to bed, and wonder when you’ll ever find time to get the laundry done (let alone relax for a few hours)? In today’s bustling world, the mere idea of integrating a workout routine into an already overwhelming schedule can seem next to impossible. Therefore, it's not surprising that more than half of adults in America get less than the recommended amount of exercise.
The good news is, with a little creativity, fitting in a healthy dose of exercise into your day is not as unattainable as you might think. If you are among the many people who just can't seem to find the time for fitness, check out the tips below!
The Counter Push Up
Before brushing your teeth, use the edge of the sink to do three sets of 15 pushups. To add some challenge to the routine, try doing one-armed push ups--alternating arms after a few reps to get an even workout. Check out this post for more great push-up routines for beginners.
The Kitchen Lunge
Want to prepare a nice meal and tone your glutes while doing it? Multitask by throwing some lunges and squats into your kitchen routine. While you’re waiting for the oven to preheat, the water to boil, or the timer on your casserole to ding, see how many alternate reps of lunges and squats you can do. Check out this article for tips on doing lunges and squats the correct way.
Carve Out 7 Minutes
If you can find just 7 minutes a day, you can start a new daily exercise routine by downloading the mobile app 7 Minute Workout. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices, it will guide you through a full-body workout in just minutes a day.
Take the Stairs
If you have the option at work to either take the elevator or the stairs, then pack some comfortable walking shoes and climb that stairway like there is a Krispy Kreme doughnut waiting for you at the top! If your office is all the way at the top floor of a building and it would be unreasonable for you to take the stairs, try taking the elevator part of the way up and walking the rest. Not only do stairwells create a perfect opportunity for a cardio workout, they are also great exercise for your thighs and glutes.
Hopefully these tips will help you realize that with a little effort and commitment, it is possible to fit exercise into your life without changing your whole routine. Once you get started with these, be creative and see what other daily activities you can squeeze a workout into! Your body will thank you in the long run!