The best way to stay healthy and fit without much fuss is to slip into activities that keep your body moving. Try fitness on the fly as you go about your day.
This doesn’t have to be a full-time job (though some people turn fitness into their side gig or even a full-time career!)
The key is to turn every activity into an excuse to move your body. Don’t quit taking care of your responsibilities, but integrate a fitness or health-related component into whatever else you’re doing.
Here are a few tips for making time for health and fitness despite being busy.
Walk when you can.
Walking is one of the best ways to integrate fitness into your daily routine. You don’t have to schedule time for a walk. In fact, don’t think of it as a walk at all!
Just walk while you talk on the phone, for example. If you’re on your mobile with a friend or business contact, simply stand up and pace back and forth as you talk. You’ll still be doing what you need to do and you’ll be getting exercise at the same time.
Take the stairs.
If you’re needed on another floor, opt out of using the elevator and instead, take the stairs. It’s a very simple routine and doesn’t take very long to make into a habit. Are you due to handle some business five floors up? Give yourself an extra ten minutes and sneak in your “real-life Stairmaster” routine while working. That’s a win for your fitness routine.
Exercise at your desk.
Desk push-ups, desk curls and other exercises have been developed by fitness experts to help you benefit from movement while at your desk. Yes, there really are exercises that you can do without leaving your workstation. Stay tuned for more information on desk exercises.
Drink lots of water and fuel up on healthy foods.
Limiting calories and eating “faux-healthy” snacks won’t help you stay fit. But nourishing your body with healthy snacks and staying hydrated with pure, clean water, will.
Look for any opportunity to use your muscles.
Instead of handing that heavy object to someone bigger, smile and lift it yourself. Park your car in the far parking spaces, and hoof it into the store. Clean your own house from top to bottom instead of outsourcing. Do some yard work!