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6 Ways to Sneak In More Workouts

By on April 16, 2014
For some of us, working out just doesn’t seem possible with everything we have going on. It’s not that you don’t want to, you just feel like you don’t have the time to work out every day. But, there are ways you can sneak workouts in between work, school and family life.

Walk to Work

Instead of dealing with the traffic, walk, jog or ride your bike to work. You’re completing a big task, and also incorporating a workout. If the idea of showering when you get to work doesn’t sound like a great idea, then save the workout for the way home — jogging or riding your bike home. If you take the bus, but the idea of jogging from work doesn’t sound appealing, then get off a few stops early and walk the rest of the way home.

Wake Up Earlier

You can sneak in a workout during those early hours when you first wake up — if you set the alarm a half hour earlier. Some people wear their workout clothes to bed so they can wake up and get moving — a good idea if you can’t muster up the energy to do it yourself.

Work Out at the Office

If you don’t have time to work out before or after work, then do it at your desk. There are plenty of exercises out there that you can perform in between responding to emails or making conference calls. Try doing your work on a stability ball instead of a chair and if you can, add a few reps of weight lifting — like overhead presses and curls — throughout the day.

Bring the Kids Along

If it’s the kids that are slowing down your workout plans, bring them along. Take a walk with the little ones in a stroller, go on a family bike ride, etc. If the weather is too cold for the little ones to go outside, strap on the baby carrier and do some squats.

Workout While Watching Your Shows

When you get home and sit down to watch your favorite shows, why not just squeeze in a workout? Most shows are 30 to 40 minutes; the perfect amount of time to jump some rope, do some squats and get moving.

Do Some Heavy Duty Cleaning

Cleaning burns calories. You can combine housework and your exercise by doing some power cleaning. Move quickly, wear ankle weights or add some jumping jacks and squats in between every fold of laundry. That way you’re cleaning and burning calories at the same time.

There are ways you can squeeze a workout (or two) into your day. Just think of times you’d normally be sitting and see if there is a workout you can add. The more creative you get, the more ways you’ll find out how to add workouts to your day.

Readers: What are your sneaky ways to get some workout time in?

Resources:

www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips/quick-tricks/workout-tips-for-busy-schedules                                                  www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2006/10/work-out-while-watching-tv-slideshow#slide=1                       www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/02/06/the-10-best-exercises-to-do-at-your-desk/

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