How to Stay Active: Easy-to-Use Tips for a Busy Schedule
Some days it can seem as though you have a To-Do list a mile long: wash the car, walk the dog, do the laundry, drive your kids to practice, pay the bills, mow the lawn, and bake cookies for mother – all before you make that long commute to work.
With such a busy schedule, it can be tough finding time to sit down and breathe, let alone squeeze in a 60 min. workout at the gym. Fortunately for you, you don’t have to spend hours at a the gym in order to stay healthy and fit. A few minutes here and there throughout the day can keep those unwanted pounds from creeping up on you.
The following tips and tricks can help you squeeze in a little exercise no matter how busy your schedule seems to be.
On the Road
If you have a long commute, you might as well make the most of it. Although you may be stuck in your car with very little range of motion, you can still work those muscles. Flex your glutes and abs, work those calves by raising your toes every time you stop at an intersection. By the time you get to work, try parking your car further away from the office so you have to walk.
Before an Event
If you’re raising a family, then you’re probably swamped with a long list of games, practices, and programs that you need to chauffeur your kids to on a regular basis. Take a few extra minutes before the event begins to walk around the building or facility, stretching your legs and arms. When possible, try to find a class or activity nearby that aligns with your children’s schedules, e.g. a spinning class at the nearby gym during your child’s band practice.
While at Home
Find yourself running from room to room, picking up dirty clothes as you go? You’re burning calories without even knowing it! Dance while you do the dishes, to calf raises while you do the laundry. Hide the remote so you have to get up every time you want to change the channel.
If you and your kids are struggling with a math problem together, take a break to do some jumping jacks and get the blood flowing to your brain. If you have a dog, take it for a quick run around the neighborhood.
Tending the Kids
Although it may be tempting to just plop the kids down in front of the television while you take a quick nap, play dates and babysitting jobs are excellent opportunities to squeeze in a little exercise while teaching your children lifelong habits. Go to the park, walk to the library, have a pool party once a month. Make exercise fun!
Although you might not have as much time as you’d like to hit the gym each day, you can still burn those extra calories and lose those stubborn pounds no matter how busy your schedule seems to be. Each moment presents a new and wonderful opportunity to stay active and healthy. Five minutes here, fifteen minutes there – they all add up to a slim and trim body.