Exercise Tips for Those With No Time
Many of us want to get more exercise, but we don’t all have the time. After having my first child, I quickly realized how much of my free time was suddenly spoken for. I could no longer go on long runs or hit the gym three times a week, so I began looking for other ways to stay in shape.
The first thing I had to do was let go of this misconception that an exercise routine had to be some long, arduous process. It doesn’t. Too many of us feel that if we can’t dedicate thirty minutes or more to a workout, there is no point in doing it. So we choose to do nothing. That’s a dangerous trap. It’s obviously better to do something than nothing, right?
The truth is, if you want a daily exercise routine, you can easily make that happen. To heavily paraphrase Dan Millman from his TEDxBerkley talk, “Do one jumping jack every morning. Congratulations, you have an exercise routine.”
The beauty of it all is, once you do that single jumping jack, you’ll have your foot in the door. You’ll soon find yourself doing 5 jumping jacks every morning. Then 10. Maybe you’ll add some pushups, and so on, until you have crafted an exercise routine that will help you reach your goals and will fit into your busy schedule. It all starts with something!
So if you are looking to improve your daily habits to cultivate a healthier lifestyle , this is the article for you. This mindset of a long, steady improvement to your daily habits may take time to show results, but those results will be lasting and you won’t burn yourself out and want to give it all up.
So without further ado, here are some easy daily exercise tips that you can introduce to help cultivate a healthier you.
- Forget That Close Parking Spot
If you are one of those who will circle a parking lot for 5 minutes trying to find a parking place 10 feet closer to the store, leave that mindset behind. If you are parking as close as you possibly can to the building, you are missing out on a great opportunity to add some steps to your daily routine without investing much extra time. Those 5 minutes spent circling the lot could be more profitably spent walking that extra 1/4 mile.
2. Take the Stairs
I get it — stairs suck — but, if you are skipping the stairs, you’re missing out on some fantastic exercise. Just by climbing a flight of stairs, you are able to work your calves, quads, hamstrings, and glutes, all while getting some awesome cardio.
Granted, if you work on the 30th floor of a building, you’re probably going to skip this one. I don’t blame you. The time investment becomes a bit too hefty at that point. But if you only have 10 or fewer flights of stairs between you and your destination, get to climbing. You’ll thank me later.
3. Get Up
Do you work at a desk? Work from home? Just love sitting on the couch? I’m not saying you should stop that altogether, but you should definitely change up your routine. If you spend hours sitting down, make it a point to get up and move around regularly. If you have the time to go on a walk, fantastic. Do that. If you don’t have that kind of free time, just walk around in your immediate area, stretch a bit, or do a quick set of pushups (see tip #5).
4. Be Happy With Short Workouts
If you’re reading this article, you probably don’t have time to spend an hour and a half in the gym. As mentioned above, that’s okay! For a healthy lifestyle change, you don’t have to live your life in the gym, you just need consistency. If you can spare 5 minutes a day to run through a quick set of bodyweight exercises in your living room, great! Do that! If you only have 3 minutes, fantastic! Use them! If you only have time to do a single jumping jack, then jump away! So long as you establish a time every day to exercise and remain consistent, your body will thank you.
5. Find Opportunities
In addition to your daily routine, you might find a perfect time throughout the day to do a few more exercises. Be flexible and use these opportunities. Maybe you can do a set or two of squats while your food heats up at the microwave, or knock out some lunges while you’re walking down that empty hall. Has everybody in the office been putting off bringing a new box of paper up to the copier? Volunteer. That’s free exercise! The more you can take on the mindset of integrating exercise into your normal day, the more opportunities you will find.
All-in-all, our day is full of opportunities to get a little extra exercise, so long as you know where to look. Cultivate that healthy mindset, get out there, and start moving!