No time to exercise?
No time to join a gym or a class?
Or is it simply too hard to spare the brain bandwidth to fit exercise into your day?
Whatever the reason, all of us do have time to exercise if we put our minds to it.
How do I know this?
Because over the last couple of years I’ve finally cracked the code to building exercise into my day – even on days when I feel like I have no time.
How to build exercise into daily life…
1. Short Bursts:
Worrying about not having time for an hour of exercise used to stop me before I even got started.
Now I tend to do 10 – 15 minute bursts of exercise at home. Never more than 30 minutes at one time.
My busy brain can cope with that. Anymore and my mind starts drifting to all the things I ‘should’ be doing.
2. Exercise Apps:
My preference is for a clear demo video, clear voiceover and an audio time indicator.
My long-time favourite exercise app is the Quick Fit 7 Minute Workout, it gives me a full body workout in seven minutes.
It’s something I can do in the morning, before the school run, quickly at lunchtime or in the early evening.
It’s literally so quick and satisfying, there’s really no excuse not to do it daily!
|Exercise App: Quick Fit 7 Minute Workout|
3. Fitness Monitor:
Now this is the thing that really did it for me.
Wearing a fitness monitor totally changed the way I think about exercise.
Because it makes me think about exercise.
Just checking in to see how much I’ve moved during the day is inspiration enough to get up and move.
My husband gave me a Nike Fuel Band a few years back and was on my wrist daily until it finally conked out earlier this month.
I’ve just bought a FitBit Charge 2 – after much research – and I am loving using it.
The fashionista in me is also loving that you can change up the strap, to make it less ‘fitness geek’ and more ‘super chic’.
I have the FitBit Charge 2 in a small size. See it here. I currently have a blue wristband for it. But I’m going to upgrade to a leather wristband, like the one below and here – well, it’s on my Christmas wish list!!
Most of us either have stairs or steps we can access easily.
Step-ups are a great way to give your body a quick workout.
You just pop your trainers on and set a timer or use your fitness monitor to map your progress.
It’s all pretty simple, but it’s always worth getting a primer on how best to do an exercise. So here’s a great video on how to do step-ups correctly.
Forget driving, forget public transport… if you can walk to where you need to be during the day, do it!
It’s the easiest way to build exercise into your day.
It’s also a great way to meditate and to save money!
Think you don’t have time to walk the whole way?
Get off before your bus or train stop and mix up walking with using transport.
So there you go, that’s my five go-to tips for building exercise into your daily life.
Go on, give them a try. I know I feel so much better since upping my exercise levels.
It’s not just that my body is more toned and healthy, it’s that thing they say… healthy body, healthy mind.