Between work, errands, and the daily grind it can be hard to find the time to exercise. A consistent schedule is great, but not the only way to stay fit. Read on for our six best tips on how to stay fit when you don’t have time to dedicate to working out.
Take the Steps
Swap out your daily elevator rides by taking the stairs instead! Not only will you be burning more calories by taking the steps, but you’ll be strengthening your legs and core as well. Sure, going up and down a dozen flights of stairs will not replace the calories burned and overall fitness from working out for an hour, but adding this to your daily routine is an awesome change.
Like the others on this list, this tip is a simple way to increase your daily fitness by changing the way you approach parts of your daily life. Anytime you have to go up or down a few floors, take the stairs!
Hit the Streets During Your Next Call
Virtual calls are becoming a bigger and bigger part of our day-to-day lives. With many of us working remotely, that often means being at our home desk, looking at the screen, and sitting. In meetings where you are just in a passive role, consider taking to the streets!
Going on daily walks is great for your health. Walking is one of the simplest, low-impact bodyweight exercises. On top of that, there are serious health benefits to walking every day.
- Walking increases your heart and lung health while lowering your risk of heart disease.
- It burns calories, helps your balance, and builds the strength and endurance of your muscles.
- It helps with joint pain, strengthening the areas around them.
If you have a quiet area nearby to go for a walk, you can pay attention to your Zoom call and exercise at the same time. It is a perfect way to keep yourself active during your workday. If you know how long the call should be — even better! You can time it so you’re back at your desk when everyone is signing off and get right back into the swing of things.
Park Further Away
There are many jobs where you don’t have to move much throughout the day. After you get in, all your work is at the same place. Especially in those jobs, it is important to incorporate walking and moving around when and where you can.
Do you have a prime parking spot that you have to race to get to because it is right next to the entrance? Pick a new one a little further away! On top of it being good for your health, it’s not as sought after as the closer one.
Ditch the Delivery
Whereas the previous tip was for those who primarily go into work, this tip is perfect for those who are working a lot from home. Working from home, it is common to get a craving for delivery. Whether it is lunch, dinner, or your afternoon coffee, the draw of Uber Eats or another delivery service is strong!
Next time you find yourself opening your food delivery app, consider walking to the place instead. There are often more than a few awesome places around that aren’t too far of a walk, and the walk there and back is the perfect way to build a little hunger for your meal!
Replace Your Chair With a Stability Ball
We all do a lot of sitting, these days. As good as it feels to slouch in your office chair, sitting that way all day is doing your body a disservice. An easy way to increase your core strength and improve your lumbar support is to switch to sitting on a stability ball instead.
Stability balls are a great way to turn your sitting into a little exercise of its own. It is almost impossible to slouch on a stability ball, and you can bounce a little and move around, making your long day at work a little more interesting!
Stand When You Can
Our final tip is to stand whenever you can. If you take public transportation to and from work, try standing for the duration. It is a small change, but every little bit counts. Changing your routine, even in small amounts, has subtle but concrete benefits in the long run.
Looking to up your game even further? Get off a stop or two before your destination next time to get a little extra walking in.
Another easy way to incorporate more standing in your day is to get a standing desk. These desks make it easy to stand for large parts of your day. Grab a standing desk and a stability ball to stay active through the entirety of your workday! At the end of it you might feel like you’ve just finished a workout at the gym!
Small, Dedicated Changes
None of these tips will turn you into a bodybuilder, but even small changes over an extended period of time have significant benefits. You may notice a slight increase in your hunger, a little easier time getting to sleep, your muscles getting a little more toned, and an overall health improvement.
What’s great about these tips is how easy they are to execute. There’s no equipment, no gym, and no serious time commitment. They are all about fine-tuning your everyday routine to stay active on the go.