Busy people often find that fitting their desired daily workout into their everyday schedule is harder to do than ever. Luckily there are ways to plan your day in a way that exercising is ingrained in your routine, as opposed to it being a separate activity.
This is difficult for those who really enjoy their downtime at the gym, but it’s better than neglecting your body and mind’s need for physical activity. For this, we have some tips you’ll enjoy.
Adjust Your Commute and Lunchtime
If you have a long commute in the car or on the train, you could find hours of your day slipping away, and by the time you get home or on weekends you’re just too tired to hit the weights.
During the week look for some alternative ideas for fitting in some physical activity. It could be as easy as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking into town for lunch instead of driving. In addition you could lunch walk for 30 minutes, then eat, instead of sitting for the entire hour of your lunch break.
You can also think about alternative commutes like jogging or biking into work if your office offers showers. It might mean getting up earlier and a longer commute home, but this way your workout is seamlessly ingrained into your schedule. Make sure if you decide to commute by bike, you know the laws and safety codes for your area and use the bike lanes.
Bring the Kids Along
If you have kids, you could feel like you never have time to spare for some time alone on the treadmill or going out to that local Zumba class. Luckily there are some other options for fitting in a fitness routine around naptimes, feeding, and diaper changes. Use a running stroller to get both of you out of the house and out into the open air.
Have your baby do some tummy time on a blanket while you do some video workouts. You can also find many fitness classes that offer babysitting for older kids if you need a little more socialization in your fitness routines. With these tips, what once seemed impossible is now a simple part of an enjoyable day.
You don’t have to let your fitness go by the wayside. Busy work and home schedules may make it difficult, but if you make it a priority, you can make it happen.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information on road biking safety, talk to lawyers for bicycle accidents to see if they can recommend some safety classes. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.