Don’t have time to go to the gym? Well that doesn’t mean you can’t fit exercise into your day. It also won’t stop you from losing weight. All forms of activity add up, even those two minutes of walking up and down the stairs at work. Here are a few simple tips to add more exercise into your daily routine.
Park Further Away
If you need to drive to work and tend to park close to the front door, it’s time to park further away. Opt for the other side of the parking lot or even try the next street over. You can do the same when you go to the supermarket or you’re visiting friends. Parking further away means you have to walk a little extra. It soon adds up when you do it on a daily basis.
Switch the Car for Your Feet
If you can, walk everywhere instead of taking the car. This isn’t a suitable option for all places, but try to do it as much as possible.
Not only are you helping yourself get more exercise, you’re also helping the environment. Another option is to take the train or bus and walk to the train/bus station instead.
Split Up Your Exercise Blocks
You should aim to do 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week. This seems like a lot at first, but you can split that up into smaller blocks if you need to.
Do five minutes in the morning before eating breakfast and a 15 minute session on your lunch break. That just leaves 10 minutes to do in the evening when you get home. It’s much more realistic and you’ll have fun doing it.
Fill the Time Waiting for Something
Waiting for the kettle to boil or the printer to finish? Do a few exercises while you wait. Jog on the spot or do some star jumps. You could even use the kitchen counter to do light press ups. Filling the time soon adds up throughout the day—it takes a couple of minutes for the kettle to boil—and you won’t even notice just how much you’re really doing.
Spend Five Minutes Every Hour
You don’t want to sit down all day long at the computer. Every hour, you need to take five minutes away. So, spend those five minutes doing some sort of activity.
You could walk up and down the stairs in your workplace or do star jumps in the office. If you work around others, get them to join in and work on a healthier and happier office.
Do Something You Love
You’re more likely to stick to an exercise plan if you enjoy it. With that in mind, do something that you really love. It could be playing five-a-side with the girls or you may want to join a dance group.
It doesn’t really matter as long as it encourages you to keep going and you get more exercise into your day.