In a perfect world, we’d all have at least an hour a day to devote to exercise. But in the real world, 24 hours a day doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to fit in work, school, and family.
Work, in particular, can get in the way of working out—in fact, there is a big paradox going on, and it becomes more obvious the more challenging (and exciting!) a job gets: on one hand, we struggle to find time to work out; on the other, we can’t afford to not exercise because it is integral to sustained success.
Stop stressing! Here are few ways to sneak a workout into your super busy schedule:
Tweak your routine
One of the good news is that walking is also considered working out, so you can turn your commute into exercising by taking 10 minutes of walk every day to the station or way back home if the distance is reasonable of course. But if there is a chance, try to step off the bus one stop earlier, one station earlier before yours and walk the rest of the way home. If you drive car, park a little bit further from the office than you usually do, so you need to make at least few extra meters to reach the building.
Exercise at your desk
You can actually do it, it is not a joke. There are exercises you can do, in your office, that will not only count towards that target, but also tone you up. You can start with press-ups against the desk edge, lifting heavy books, doing squats against the wall and even stretching. Besides giving you more power it may work as a good impression for your crush.
Use an application
Especially tracking steps app can really motivate you to take few more steps to reach the target. Plus it will tell you how many calories you burned and this is the best news ever by the end of the day. Try RunKeeper or Map My Fitness, however Apple health might work well also.
Buy some equipment
Nothing special, start with small like standing desk- they can sit on top of your normal desk, ready to be erected when you feel like looming over your colleagues. Or, even better, the treadmill desk. Alternatively you can stand on the balance board while you work, strengthening your core or secretly pedal away under your desk.
Stand up more often
Especially if you are an office worker and spend most of your time sitting by the desk. Stand up, walk along the alley, get a cut of coffee, or just go out to the balcony for the fresh air.
Exercise at home
It doesn’t mean you need to go to the gym. You could simply go for a run if the weather allows. Or try to do a certain range of exercises at home, like high-intensive interval training where you push yourself until the end in the short period of time – you will do much more in those 5 minutes than after an hour of walking.
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