We all know how important exercise is both physically and mentally. For some of us, we join a gym and work out several times a week, scheduling it in with our other important tasks. For most of us, we leave working out to the very end of our task list, which often ends up being not at all. When we think of working out, most people think of it as an hour of grueling sweat. It doesn’t have to be that way. For many women today who are already multitasking but really want to find time for exercise, there are quick and easy fitness strategies to fit in your schedule.
If you can’t get to the gym and you need to fit in exercise sporadically throughout your day, here are a variety of quick things you can do that can really help.
While preparing a meal, simply lifting large bottles of water or heavy cans can help build muscle tone in your arms. Doing a few squats, burpees and walking up and down the stairs while watching T.V. or doing laundry gets in some cardio and tones muscles. Fitness videos on television or On Demand are a great way to start your day. When chatting on the cell phone, walk around the house instead of sitting on the couch.
Parking your car at the back of the lot and walking to the front door is a great way to get in a few extra steps. Walk over to ask someone a question, rather than email them. During lunch, a few laps around the building can get in a ½ mile or more every day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Drinking lots of water to stay hydrated is a must throughout the day. If you are strapped to a desk for long hours, make sure you get up and move around every hour or do a couple of squats by your desk (when no one is watching, lol).
Scheduling a 30 minute Pilates, yoga or Zumba class can really make a difference. Ask your partner or friend to take a ballroom dance class with you one night a week. After dinner, a 10-minute walk outside or a quick bicycle ride will help keep your metabolism burning.
Doing a little bit of something is better than doing nothing at all. Everyone’s main priority should be health and we should all find a way to fit it in, even if only for a few minutes several times a day. This, combined with healthy eating will not only improve your waistline, but your mindset too. Feeling healthy and energized will help us face our daily stresses head on.