Now that we are a few weeks into the new year, the majority of us have hopefully kept up with our promises to stick with a healthy new diet and workout plan. We all know how important it is to keep these promises, but sometimes life just happens to get in the way. Whether it be running the kids to school or activities, or perhaps an extended day at work, we sometimes have days where fitting the gym in is simply impossible.
Fortunately, there are plenty of other ways to exercise for those days where you’re not able to get to the gym. Physical activity doesn’t only have to mean lifting weights or hitting the treadmill at the gym. Consider making some changes to your lifestyle to get the exercise your mind and body deserve!
Wake Up A Half Hour Earlier
Just thirty minutes of exercise is the minimum amount of physical activity a day most professionals recommend. So, if you know you’re going to have a long day, why not try and get ahead of your own schedule!?
To help you motivated (and to preserve as much of your time as possible,) lay out your clothes the night before you go to bed. Set your alarm, and as soon as you get up, get your butt moving! Shoot – even Batman does push-ups as soon as he gets up, more the reason why you should too! If not push-ups, aim to work in a nice brisk walk, sprint, or cycle to get that blood flowing.
While You’re Making Your Coffee
This may not seem like a ton of time, but if you’re a constant coffee drinker, this could be a great opportunity you can take advantage of. While your coffee heats up, aim to do a couple sets of your favorite exercises. Whether it be squats, push-ups, sit-ups, or mountain climbers, these few seconds/minutes can really add up over time and help you feel accomplished!
While You’re On-The-Go
If you’re on-the-go nearly every day of the week, try to walk, run, or cycle to your destination if it’s close enough. The extra cardio provides as a great and healthy alternative instead of driving/public transportation, plus it’ll save you money on gas/expenses in the long run!
If the above isn’t a viable option for you, no worries, you can still work in a nice ab workout while just sitting down! Flex your abs as hard as you can for about 10-15 seconds. You should feel your abdominal muscles contract and relieve themselves once you let loose. Do this between 8-10 times both to and from your destination, and you’ll have made a great ab workout for yourself!
While You’re At Work
You may not have considered this before, but you can perform a great number of exercises while you’re at your job! For starters, if you work in a building and usually take the elevator, try taking the stairs instead for a quick cardio workout. Additionally, make a lunch you can easily carry around with you and go out for a walk outside during your lunch hour! You could also ask your co-workers to join you as well.
This works great with office meetings as well! If no electronics are needed for some meetings, suggest having your meeting while going for a walk! The change of environment and scenery makes for great exercise. One final adjustment we can suggest is switching your workstation from a sitting formation to a standing formation. Standing desks have had some phenomenal health benefits on office workers. Don’t believe us? Check them out for yourself here.
While You Make Dinner
Your time creating your meal is the perfect length of time for a go-to workout! Plus, you have the luxury of doing it in the comfort of your own home. Try fitting in some quality HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts to burn the maximum amount of calories before you eat them all up again! HIIT workouts consist of alternating between intervals of high intensity (i.e. sprints or fast-pedal cycling) and intervals of normal intensity (i.e. light jog or normal-paced pedaling.)
Usually, meals can take anywhere between 20-30 minutes to whip up, which gives you plenty of time to fit in some good ol’ HIIT workouts. Some mountain climbers, quick sprints, and kettlebell swings are all great options to choose from as well. Repeat this process throughout the duration of cooking your meal, and your metabolism will be BURNING by the time you’re ready to eat!