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Exercise tips for the super busy

Ideally fitting in an hour – three to four times a week – for a proper workout should be no hassle, but in the real world, I keep hearing it over and over again that we just can’t make time for working out. There are meetings to attend, work load, deadlines, family and friends, social engagements, etc. Then comes a point when you reach levels that are completely unhealthy due to stress, poor eating habits and complete lack of exercise leading to aches and pains, doctor visits and medication. You know what requires to be done, but are always running out or short of time. Below I have put together a list of something you may want to consider doing that may constitute some level of exercise into your super busy schedules:

getfitWalk – You are so used to getting behind the wheel or catching a cab, but make at least 2-3 days in a week your walk to work day. If that makes you feel all sweaty, maybe you can walk back home instead. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to the water dispenser in your office. Walk your dog. Walk to buy your groceries or vegetables. Take every opportunity you get to walk!

Rise early – It’s not easy especially when you get to bed late at night but waking up an hour earlier than your normal time can give you the much needed ME time that you can dedicate to your health. It may be difficult in the beginning but eventually it will fall into place. You don’t have to do this every day – set the alarm early three days a week to begin with!

Take a break – These days there are many short but impactful workouts designed to fit a half hour break. Find a gym close to your workplace or where you live and give it a try.

Weekends – Instead of the usual plans, hit the outdoors with your family and friends. Plan a short hike or mountain bike. There are so many incredible outdoor activities you can plan over the weekends. It’s also a great new way of bonding.

TV time – While catching your favourite shows on, don’t just sit there. Get on the treadmill or stationary bike or elliptical machine, or simply do spot runs, squats, lunges and crunches.

DVDs – Get a few exercise DVDs – it’s private, cost effective and flexible on time. Just dedicate yourself to completing a workout. Shut the door and stay with it.

DIY – When you choose to do things yourself whether it’s getting yourself a glass of water or coffee or doing the laundry, you are burning calories. Every time you are ready to shout out for something, just pause, get up and do it yourself!

Spend money – Paying up may be the motivation to show up for activity. Sign up at a new class or get yourself a personal trainer. When you have paid for something, you are more likely to take your workout more seriously.

Create goals – Just as with everything else in life, you need to set yourself goals – however small in the beginning – to measure your progress. Make a plan and try your best to stay on track. Your body will thank you.