Each day has 24 hours, but those hours pass in the blink of an eye. Time is running out, work is piling up, and we seldom get time for ourselves. This means no time to pamper ourselves, eat healthy, commit to a workout routine, or go to a gym nearby.
Joining a gym helps greatly, but incorporating exercise into our lives isn’t as easy as just saying “I’m going to work out now.” The good news however; exercise is not only confined to the gym. Here are a few tips that will help you workout within your busy schedule:
- Walk, walk, walk.
Walking is criminally underrated and the simplest form of exercise. It may not seem like a big deal, but walking can actually be very beneficial for your health and fitness with minimal impact on the ligaments and joints. Resulting in the burning of calories, walking aids weight loss alongside giving better balance and stronger bones. Make the commute to work healthier: get off one stop earlier from the subway, park the car further from the office, take the stairs (more on this later), and walk the remaining distance. If you’re going somewhere close by, choose to walk or ride a bicycle, since cycling is a great exercise for the legs. Attending a phone call? Walk and talk. Walk when you can, as often as you can.
- Take the Stairs.
We detest climbing stairs but we’re unaware of the benefits they hold. Taking the stairs not only builds muscle mass of the lower body but also enhances stamina. If taking the stairs hurts your knees at all, you can work your way into it. Take the stairs one way and the elevator the other. If you’re knees are holding up just fine, simply skip the elevator and get a quick leg workout going on. Easy yet beneficial – win-win!
- Utilize your Lunch Break.
During busy work hours, lunch break is usually the only time you get to spend on yourself (assuming you don’t work straight through lunch). Join a gym near you, and work out for the limited time you have. Most gyms have hours that will correlate with your schedule and allow you to get a quick workout in. Joining a fitness class near you is also a great option since usually, each session is about 45 minutes long (claim your free class at Legion here). Another option: go for a walk around the block to refresh yourself.
- Household Chores.
Whether it be strength training or resistance, exercises require motion, weight, and willpower. You don’t always need fancy machines. Everyone can easily turn their household chores into workout sessions. Sweep harder, scrub harder, or move a bit more when vacuuming – voila! Exercise for the day is in motion.
If you’d like to learn more about how to incorporate exercise into your busy schedule, come talk with us at Legion Transformation Center.