A busy schedule is no excuse for not keeping fit.
Despite having to take care of the kids, working all day and whatever commute you have to deal with, the trip to the gym is all too often the item cut out of the to-do-list.
Balancing work and play, and juggling schedules has become an all to the familiar way of life, but the habit of not including a way to keep fit as we turn the calendar pages can be avoided with some simple concepts incorporated into our everyday routine.
Now the reality is that sometimes there is just no time to fit exercise into a busy schedule, but it is still important to somehow incorporate some activity to try and boost our overall health. Staying fit can lift our mood, prevent disease, and increase lifespans, so the benefits of doing something over nothing are many. There are a few things that can be done to help.
Here Are 7 Ways to Stay Active and Keep Fit with A Busy Lifestyle:
Whatever the Time
Getting in any exercise, even a couple of minutes, first thing in the morning can fire up your metabolism and boost your energy for the day ahead. Working out during the day can improve your memory and boost brainpower, while an evening or nighttime workout can promote relaxation and ease the stress of the day.
Wake up Earlier
This is the easiest of all the things that can be done to make more time in your day. Now, for many that extra half-hour of sleep is very important, but with the benefits that can be gained by using that time to exercise it is a far better use of that time. The metabolism boost to start your day can make a huge difference in how you feel all day if you get in a quick workout before breakfast.
Plan Ahead, Creating Healthy Go-To Meals
Planning ahead for your meals can not only save time but can help avoid those unhealthy choices that come along with a “quick” lunch or dinner. Find go-to meals that don’t take a lot of time to prepare and can be made without a lot of preparation, leaving you more time on that busy day.
Do What You Can, When You Can
First, we need to reframe the idea of what exercise is. Sure, going to the gym is always the best option but may not work for everyone. For many, the availability of a quality facility or costs, a trip to the gym may not work.
There’s a hashtag that trends on social media, #wycwyc, and stands for “what you can when you can” and is as basic a principle as it sounds. Do as much exercise as you can, when you can do it. While a quick walk or a minute’s worth of planking during a break may not seem like a lot, over time it can accumulate. Taking advantage of those little chunks of time and making the best use of it can make a difference.
Any activity can count and doesn’t require a trip to the gym. The goal is to avoid prolonged periods of sitting and make use of whatever time you have. All activities provide benefits and will add up over time.
Step-counters and smartwatches are great tools to keep track of your activity and progress throughout the day. Apps are available to let you know if you haven’t moved enough and encourage you to get up and move around more. They can also keep track of any running or walking activity, monitor distance, heart rate, and calories burned. These are great devices for keeping track of your progress as you try and boost activity.
Take the Stairs
Simple, yet effective. Skip taking the elevator or the escalator and use the stairs. It is one of the best exercises you can do and will help build muscle mass while burning calories. In many cases, it can save time, as well.
Fitting exercise and activity into your day will be an easier task if it’s a good time.
Grab a basketball, a friend or one of your kids, and take to the blacktop and shoot some baskets. Enjoy the outdoors by taking a walk or hike through a nature reserve or park, or if you can find a few hours, fit in a round of golf. Bike riding or some time on the trampoline with your kids can work up a pretty good sweat as well.
The bottom line is to find a way to do something, anything, during your busy day to move around, get some activity, and if possible, work up a sweat!