For me, finding time to workout each day is quite the task. I spend 45 minutes commuting to and from work in the mornings and evenings. And I am working 10 hours days during the week with the occasional Saturday work day. Toss in needing to shower, eat and sleep each day and that does not leave me with a whole lot of time. My daily trip to the gym was one of the first things to get tossed aside.
This posed quite the problem for me though. I need to workout at least every other day because I want to be healthy and fit. And I discovered some time ago that when I am working out regularly that I feel way better. Plus, I really miss spending time on the rowing machine to work out my stress.
While I do not have time to go to the gym for a half hour, I can squeeze in bursts of fitness throughout my day and have it not take any extra time. If you have a full schedule like me you might want to try something like this. Instead of spending a half hour at the gym I break it up and end up getting almost an hour of exercise and it doesn’t cut into my time of doing something else.
Here are 10 ways that I have snuck in at least 50 minutes of working out into my day.
One – Yoga poses while waiting for coffee to brew, 5 minutes
Two – Get to work and walk up 9 flights of stairs instead of taking the elevator, 5 minutes
Three – Working in some wall push-ups when I take bathroom breaks, 5 minutes
Four – Spend part of my morning 15 minute break in the stairwell going up and down the stairs, 5 minutes
Five – If weather permits, walking outside on my lunch break. Or driving to a nearby mall to get in some walking. Or even just walking around the building here at work, 5 minutes.
Six – After lunch, another break spent walking up some stairs or doing wall push-ups, 5 minutes
Seven – At home, play a little video games to wind down from work and stay standing and in chair pose, 5 minutes (but usually more like 20). Sometimes I do this after I start dinner and am waiting for a timer to go off in the kitchen, which doubles as a way to make sure I do not spend too much time on the gaming console!
Eight – At home, walk to get mail and take a brisk walk around apt complex while opening mail, 5 minutes.
Nine – While making dinner, using 5lb weights for some iron pumping with my free hand. Then alternating to other hand, 5 minutes.
Ten – Resistance band exercises while watching the news or other television, 5 minutes