4 Fitness Tips that Fit
Even the Busiest Schedules
Many people want to exercise and be healthy, but according to the CDC about 39.8 percent of the country were obese in 2015-2016. And, that isn’t counting all the health problems caused by inactivity and unhealthy weight gain among those who aren’t even medically obese.
No one wakes up in the morning and decides they’re going to be unhealthy and inactive that day, so why are these problems affecting so many Americans. One answer – time. We are all very busy people and finding the time to work out and be active is extremely difficult no matter if you’re a professional, parent, or student. Life is busy! With a few simple tricks, though, you can find time to be active even with your busy schedule:
Find a Pause
There are natural pauses in a working day, whether it’s in between meetings or while the children are napping. These pauses might be short, lasting only 15 minutes or less. But, using non-traditional workouts and a few fitness tips, you can turn these short pauses into your workout time whether you’re in the office or at home. There are a number of fast, equipment-free workouts that can be efficiently utilized during these breaks.
Try Resistance Bands
Want to take things a step further? Invest in a good set of resistance bands, which can spice up any workout. These bands are incredibly portable and can be shoved in your desk drawer or put in a closet. They allow you to perform exercises that usually require gym equipment anywhere. You can use resistance bands in the office, while watching the kids outside, or even during the commercial break of your favorite show. A little goes a long way, so there is no need to carve out large chunks of time to use them. Keep them close by and try an exercise like these from Bodylastic whenever you get the chance.
Set Up a Home Gym (and use it!)
Remember that elliptical you bought, but now use to hang clothes? It’s time to clean it off and get to work. The benefits of setting up a home gym is that you can workout whenever you catch a spare minute without the hassle or time it takes to load up and head to the gym.
There are lots of different home gym machines available, but your money might be best spent elsewhere on a good set of free weights, a jump rope, balance ball and a kettlebell. These small pieces of equipment are more versatile than a machine and are much more portable. You probably aren’t going to park an elliptical in the middle of your living room, but you can workout with a kettlebell while watching your favorite shows.
Transform Ordinary Activities
If all else fails and your busy schedule doesn’t allow you to get in even 15 minutes of exercise time, find areas of your life you can augment to include more activity. Buy a standing desk if you spend most of your time sitting at work, walk to the park with the kids instead of driving, or even consider biking to work. Going to the store? Park in the back and away from the door. Have an extra 30 seconds in the morning? Do some quick sun salutations.
Finding time to exercise can be difficult in our modern, fast-paced world. However, it is more critical now than ever to find time to exercise, especially with most jobs involving large amounts of inactivity. Try some of these simple solutions to find time to be active on your busy schedule.
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