How to Integrate Exercise Into Your Everyday Life
In today’s fast paced world it can be hard to find time to fit in exercise. After all, often companies encourage or require that its employees work overtime, work through lunch, and beyond work there are obligations to other organizations or family members. Kids that need to make it to baseball practice or gymnastics, spouses that need to be picked up from work, there are a dozen different activities that we already have to dedicate our time to, not to mention the necessity of finding time to yourself to recharge. So where does exercise fit in? How do you make time to work out when you barely find time to eat a proper lunch?
Do Your Household Chores
Cleaning your house or apartment can really make you break into a sweat, and as an added bonus it’s a chore that you should be keeping up with anyway. Save some money and instead of hiring someone to come in to do your cleaning for you, either divide the chores up by intensity over the course of your week or pile them all up at once on a weekend. Since doing your household chores involves plenty of bending, reaching, and muscle work, it can really work your body.
Park Farther AwayInstead of spending time circling near the front and getting frustrated by the lack of available parking spaces, drive directly to the back of the lot and park further away. This will increase the amount of cardio you put in every day, even more if there happens to be some uphill walking involved, and it will also save you the irritation of hunting for an elusive car space. It’ll also minimize the chances of a car door dinging yours or other related common parking lot mishaps.
Take the Stairs
Have a file to deliver to someone two floors above you? Do you work on the third floor and frequently go down the street to buy a cup of coffee? Rather than take the elevator or escalator, take the stairs instead. It’ll help keep your blood pumping and your body moving. Squeezing this kind of exercise in at the office is also a great way to keep you more productive as your mind will be more active and ready to focus on whatever tasks you have at hand.
Walk to Your Errands
If the post office is within a mile or so, consider walking down the street instead of driving. Not only will you once again be saving yourself the frustration of driving and trying to hunt down a parking space, you’ll be getting in a little more cardio. And possibly weight lifting if you have any packages to haul back and forth from the post office! For things like groceries there are even carts you can purchase to help you haul your load back if carrying it seems like too large of a task.
Stand Up While Talking On the Phone
Even a simple act like standing can help you burn more calories and stay fit. If you’re stuck on a conference call at the office, stand rather than sit. You can also use this time to work on correcting your posture, something that’s essential to your health and well-being.
Move Around On Commercial Breaks
If you use your down time to binge watch some of your favorite TV shows, don’t fast forward through the commercials. Use that time to get up and do a little bit of a work out. Consider something like jogging in place or jumping jacks. Challenge yourself to do one exercise during the length of an entire commercial, then another. Continue extending it until you can utilize the entire commercial break time for your exercises. It’s a great way to sneak in a work out and a lot easier to psych yourself up for.