Adults have a lot of things on their plates. They need to go to work, attend family engagements, hang out with friends and colleagues, and deal with a laundry list of errands. More often than not, they are too tired or too busy to squeeze in the ideal 30–40 minutes of exercise per day. But did you know that exercising can help you do your daily tasks better? It improves your stamina, endurance, coordination, and flexibility among other things.
Here are some smart ways to exercise if you’re pressed for time:
Make the most of your commute
Riding vehicles are so convenient and so comfortable that most people choose to commute or drive instead of walk to work. However, always choosing the comfortable option causes you to miss out on the energy-boosting advantages of the early morning walk. To enjoy both comfort and health benefits, why not have a compromise? Try parking your car a good mile away from your office or getting off one stop earlier than your original stop, then walking the rest of the way.
Integrate exercise breaks into your work routine
Are you bored staring at your computer screen all day? Invigorate your routine by doing some physical exercises throughout the day: work standing up for 15 minutes, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or stretch your limbs from time to time. Small as these exercises may be, they improve your blood circulation and activate your muscles, thus making you more attentive and energized when you dive back to work.
Don’t be lazy during your lazy time
You can’t add more hours to your day, but with multitasking, you can add more life to your hours. While watching television, don’t munch on snacks. Rather, get off the couch and do squats or jog in place. You can even do planks or jumping jacks during commercial breaks! Who says you have to sacrifice and miss your favorite shows to live a healthier life?
Run with the moment
Exercising should feel natural and enjoyable, especially if it’s something you rarely get to do. For example, don’t force yourself into doing cardio when you don’t feel like it. For people who have very limited time to work out, spending their precious time on an unpleasant activity will only make them associate a negative feeling to working out and reduce lessen their motivation to exercise.
Instead, do the exercise you want to do at that moment. Choose whatever fits your mood. If you want to run, run. If you want to do bodyweight exercises, do them.
Prioritize working out
You wouldn’t just cancel on a family gathering or your best friend’s birthday party without a good reason. Treat your exercise time as something as important as those events — something that you wouldn’t bail on unless it’s a matter of life or death. Essentially, give your workout the same level of importance as you would give your work. Make it a part of your lifestyle, not just an afterthought.
If you’re tight on time, try our C2 Body studios conveniently located in Boston and Dedham. We offer barre and Pilates classes daily, with some classes running for as short as 45 minutes. Check out our offerings, and find the perfect schedule for you today.