Wouldn’t life be grand if you had an hour a day to exercise or at least stretch your legs a bit and put your blood in motion? But most of us don’t have time to sneak in exercise in our day, because we’re too busy with work, school and other day-to-day things that take up almost all of our time. If you want things to change, then you we give you 10 simple tricks to sneak in exercise during your day. They are things that we all can do, no matter how busy we are, so read on and take notes!
10. Sleep Less a Half an Hour Less
We know that this trick won’t appeal to many people, but we hope some would give it a try. If you set your alarm clock to wake you up half an hour earlier every morning you get your work out time. Of course, this will only work if you are a morning person who can function as soon as their feet hit the ground.
9. Meet Your Friends for a Gym Date
Instead of hitting the pub after you’re done with work, why not get a couple of your friends and hit the gym instead? You can talk about who’s seeing who and what’s new while speed walking on the treadmill or lifting weights. Or you could take a walk in the park or do some light hiking. Just don’t go home and sit in front of the television.
8. Denounce the Couch!
Denounce it! No more couch for you! If you feel like watching a movie, you could watch it on your stationary bike or on an armchair with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Just don’t sit with your belly up and feet pointed at the sky, your body will enter hibernation this way. Just kidding about the hibernation.
7. Work Out at Work
You can sneak in exercise while you’re at work. Let’s say you’re reading your emails and you feel doing some light exercises; then you could either do some sit ups or even get a balance ball and use it instead of your office chair for a couple of hours a day. It will do wonders for your back and legs, just don’t try to completely replace your chair.
6. Speed Walking
If you’re out shopping and you want to work out at the same time, try speed walking. You will get a few peculiar stares form people, but you should just ignore them. It works best if you’re actually running some errands, instead of going shopping, because people will assume you’re a very busy person who’s in a hurry.
5. Take the Kids with You
Looking after kids is a workout in itself, so if you’ve got kids, use them! Pushing a stroller will count as a mild workout and going to the park with your kids will ensure that they get their fun and you get your exercise. Don’t be afraid to join them!
4. Are You a Commuter?
If the answer is yes, then maybe you should consider replacing your car or train with something that will add some muscles to your feet, such as a bicycle. Start slow and in no time you will be able to cycle some impressive distances. If you don’t have a bike (seriously?!) you can rent on and try going to work for one day a week and see how it goes.
3. Sit and Flex
Did you know that you can strengthen your muscles while sitting down and apparently not doing anything? You can flex your posterior muscles or your legs or chest muscles, while you’re sitting down and watching TV. You don’t even have to count, just do it for as long as it is comfortable.
2. Use the Stairs
Come on, it’s been said before and you’re going to hear it again and again! Use the stairs and avoid the escalator as much as possible. Use the stairs especially in the morning when your feet and muscles are rested and you’ve got the energy, because at the end of your work day you might not be in the mood for taking the stairs.
1. Change the Way You Perceive Exercise
The most important thing you could do for yourself, exercise wise, is to change the way you perceive working out. Is it something that should be done 3-4 times a week or is it something fluid that can be done at home or in the office? Are you doing it for pleasure or out of necessity? What’s important is to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day!
How do you sneak in exercise? Will you be using any of our tips and tricks? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.