6 Exercise Tips for Busy People

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I’m all about finding ways to make physical activity more achievable and enjoyable. You may already know this from my previous workout posts, like this oneor this one. It takes time and effort to take care of your body. No argument here! But it’s incredibly important to find time to exercise. The benefits of exercise are too important to ignore.

The catch 22 is that most of us are too busy to even make time for what we WANT to do, let alone find time to create new, healthy habits. It’s not exactly relaxing to start a new exercise regime when you’re already drained from work.

Doing the same thing day in and day out can get boring, and habits we find boring aren’t habits we’re likely to keep up forever.

Thankfully, there are lots of ways to fit exercise in without having to go to the gym every single day. Doing the same thing day in and day out can get boring, and habits we find boring aren’t habits we’re likely to keep up forever. Check out thispost on creating a workout program that you love.

Here are six great ways to sneak exercise into your daily routine:

[Each tip is tested for sustainability, and will make exercise a lot more fun than those one-size-fits-all routines you’ve probably tried in the past.]

  1. Change how you sit.

At your workplace, do you sit in a normal office chair? If so, consider shifting to a standing desk, which exercises your leg muscles much more actively than you would while sitting passively. Even sitting on an exercise ball forces your core muscles to activate, helping your body exercise to keep it stable. It may not seem like much, but those efforts stack up to greater muscular strength over time.

  1. Change how you commute.

If you’re in a position where you can walk or bike to work, that can be a start to your day that’s both active and You’ll walk into the office centered from the movement and time spent listening to your own thoughts. Even doing exercises based around sitting can add up. Some shoulder flexion action during the morning traffic jam can go a long way toward preventing stiffness and tightness in the body. Or how about doing some butt clenches at each traffic light to activate those glutes?

  1. Do what you’re a fan of.

Love watching Dancing With The Stars? Take up ballroom dancing or even Zumba. Are you all about that soccer world cup vibe? Try a few drills that the players are doing next time you’re at the field. By building upon what you already love, you’re setting the stage to have a lot more fun than doing exercise you “have” to do.

  1. Recruit your friends.

Ever hear the saying, “The more, the merrier?” It applies to fitness, too! Grab a friend or two for a hike, jog, bike ride, or leisurely stroll. Schedule it in and kill two birds with one stone (social time and exercise). You’ll find that the time flies – and you might even find yourself looking forward to your next session!

  1. Don’t punish yourself for low activity.

The body adapts to activity levels, but it also loves resting. Even if you just stretch your body during commercial breaks, get up to grab a glass of water or do a few walk-on-the-spots at your desk. This will keep your body from growing sedentary which is very important. So keep it going to see the results! You’ll never regret exercising, even if it feels like “not enough.”

  1. Join a competition.

Do you consider yourself to be a competitive person? Then registering for a competition could be the perfect option for you! Even if you don’t have the skills to compete in a league for your activity of choice, you can still challenge your friends or yourself to up your game. Look out for local races or online challenges to get you up off the couch!

How do you make sure you get enough exercise? How do you make your exercise work in your routine? Share your experience in the comments!

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