Wednesday, February 5, 2014

8 Ways to Squeeze a Workout into Your Busy Day!

Happy Workout Wednesday y'all! This morning I've already taught and completed a boot camp style strength and cardio workout followed by a 2 mile run! Bam! And it's only 10:00am...as I type this. For me, working out is easy. Clearly, I work at a gym. I'm paid to workout some days and other days I can workout with my clients or when we have down time. For many people though, finding time to workout is hard! Here are a few ideas on how to squeeze in a workout to your busy schedule. Just remember, starting is the hardest part. You just need to make it a habit!

1. Wake up a little earlier and become a morning person!
I know it's easier said than done. The first week will be rough, but once it becomes a habbit, you'll thank yourself. By working out in the morning, you'll feel better and more accomplished throughout the day. You're metabolism will be sparked earlier and you'll burn more calories all day long. Waking up earlier may also help you get to bed a bit sooner. Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise!


2. Lunch Hour = Gym Hour
Find a gym near your office so you can workout during your lunch hour. Have a midmorning snack to curb your appetite and fuel your workout. Then eat lunch after you squeeze in a 30-45 sweat sesh! Ladies, pack some dry shampoo to save time. No need to wash and dry your hair for the 2nd half of the work day.





3. Workout at work!
Set an alarm or reminder on your computer to go off each hour. Once an hour, you can stand up, stretch, walk around, do some squats, tricep dips, lunges, etc. at your desk! get creative. Don't be embarrassed. If you're in a cube enviornment, encourage your coworkers to do it with you. Start a trend. Just make it a habit to get up and move. Some other ideas are to go for a stroll at lunchtime, walk up and down the stairs in your building or sit on a sability ball at your desk.


4. Take the kids. 
Need to get a workout in, but can't leave your kids? Get out the stroller and take a walk to the park. The park isn't only a playground for kids, it can't be an awesome fitness tool. Do some boot camp style drills, lift your kids up on the playground, do some burpees or push ups while they go down the slide, tricep dips on the benches, squats while you push them on the swings. You don't have to watch your kids run around, do it with them!


5. Make it a date.
Every so often, skip the girls happy hour or dinner date with your significant other and change it into a fitness date. Schedule a run with your girlfriends or plan to go to a fun new class like boot camp, Pilates or something awesome you saw on Groupon. Go to the gym with your signifcant other, plan a competition or go for a long walk. Getting together with others doesn't always have to involve food. Try to plan an active meet up once a month!





6. All the little things count.
Everything you do adds up. You've heard it once, you've heard it 1,000 times. Park far away when going to the grocery store. Take the stairs. Go on a walk. Try to walk a little faster. Put more effort into cleaning the house. Cleaning can be a great workout. Just try to find yourself up off your bootie as often as possible!


7. Workout while watching TV.
Crunches, squats, planks, lunges, push ups, yoga poses, anything your can think of can be done while watching tv. Keep some dumbbells or resisitance bands in the living room and workout while you're watching your favorite show. Or at least squeeze in some activity during the commercials! There are often workouts you can find on Pinterest that conincide with your favorite show or movie. Give it a try or make up your own!





8. All you need is 15 minutes.
15 minutes of interval training. 15 mintues is all you need. High intensity, short breaks. Work as hard as you can for that short period of time and you'll get the physical activity that you need to begin improving your health and feel good about yourself. 


There you have it, just a few tips and tricks to find a way to get your workout in. We all have excuses and not having enough time is the number one excuse to not work out. We live in a busy world, but just a few changes can help to make a big difference.

What do you do to get your workouts in?
Do you find yourself making excuses instead of working out? How do you convince yourself to just do it?

5 comments:

XOXO, Alison said...

#3 and #7!

Nini Kat said...

The workout during lunch break is the most awesome thing ever. I usually get a good run in during that time! It really doesn't take me an hour and a half to eat food so taking advantage of that time is awesome. Then I get to go home and relax. I had to skip today though because it is cold and windy :(

ari @ whatarisaid said...

I get a lunch "30 minutes", but I so wish that were an option. Actually, by the time I get my kids to the cafeteria and get back to my room, it's only 25 minutes. I'm jealous of anyone that gets an hour or more!

I try to do it right when I get home, but lately sunset is obviously happening later so I start wanting to rest for a little bit... which ends up being more than just a little bit.. oops.

Neely said...

Thank you for always having such awesome tips! I love at home workouts!

Erin LFF said...

Love this! I'm slowly getting myself to the gym 1-2x a week and I hope it starts getting easier, eventually ;)

Jared and I love Friday night's at the gym! It's less crowded and it's a fun way to kick off the weekend, sweating it out together :)

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