A Guide to Squeezing Exercise into a Busy Life
What up, y’all. Today, I’m featuring a collaborative guest post by Sean Lynam. Sean is a fitness enthusiast and personal trainer by profession, and a freelance writer by passion. Sean writes and shares his knowledge for a range of fitness publications and nutrition brands. Enjoy!
We all know that life can get really busy, making it tough to find time for exercise. However, taking care of yourself and your body through exercise is an important part of your long-term health. I’m hoping that this guide offers straightforward strategies to help you incorporate workouts, even during your busiest days.
Starting your day with a quick workout will set a positive tone for the day. By setting your alarm a bit earlier, you can spare some time dedicated to physical activity. Think about going for a short run, a quick yoga session, or following a home workout routine. You aren’t training for the Triathlon, you’re just making sure to stay active.
Sometimes, you have 10 minutes, sometimes you have 20 minutes to exercise in the morning. Whatever time you have will still make a significant difference in your energy levels, focus, and overall health.
If early mornings aren’t your thing, try using your lunch break for physical activity. Pre-pack your workout gear so that you’re ready to go when you step out of the house. During your lunch break, spend 30 minutes hitting a nearby gym, taking a brisk walk, or jogging.
This works much better if you have a gym close by or if your workplace has exercise equipment you can use. This not only clears your mind but also enhances your productivity for the rest of the day.
When you just can’t find time during the day to get a workout in, an evening alternative might help you out. Light activities like an after-dinner walk in a nearby park are a good start. Stretching and yoga can help you unwind after a long day, which will also help you become more mobile and flexible.
Another option is low-impact workouts at home. There are plenty of home workout routines through videos and apps that you can use as guided exercise routines. These activities allow you to de-stress after a busy day and keep you active to enjoy some fun family time. Just be careful you don’t go overboard with the workouts. Intense exercise can cause you to be fatigued or exhausted.
Exercising at Home
Not having access to a gym or fitness facilities shouldn’t discourage you from maintaining an exercise routine. There are plenty of exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. Look for workout videos or apps that help you with this and offer a good range of exercises and routines.
It might be worth investing in equipment like resistance bands, dumbbells, or a jump rope to add variety to your workouts. When you start to feel that your needs are growing and you’re ready to invest in your home gym, learn more about your home gym equipment options.
With a bit of creativity, you can transform any space in your home, whether it’s your living room, bedroom, or backyard, into your personal fitness area.
The bonus is that there’s no waiting, no one to distract you and it’s more convenient than driving to your nearest gym.
Multitasking with Activity
In a busy life, multitasking can be a valuable skill when incorporating any form of exercise. Find ways to be active while taking on chores that allow you to stay on task but move about. For example, instead of sitting during phone calls, take a walk around the room or pace back and forth.
When covering short distances, choose a more active method of transportation like biking or walking, rather than driving.
If stairs are an option (given you don’t have to climb 20 flights of stairs), pass on the elevator ride every now and then. These minor adjustments can snowball into a lot of physical activity throughout the day, helping you stay active even when you’re pressed for time.
Fitting exercise into a hectic schedule is achievable with some planning and simple strategies to use. Whether you choose to exercise in the morning, at home, or while multitasking with daily activities, there are many ways you can stay active. Always remember that your health is worth prioritizing through regular exercise.