5 Exercise Tips for Busy People

It takes time and effort to take care of your body. No argument here! But it’s incredibly important to find

time to exercise. The benefits of exercise are too important to ignore.

Yet most of us are too busy to even make time for what we WANT to do, let alone find time to create

new, healthy habits. It’s not exactly relaxing to start a new exercise routine when you’re already

exhausted from work.

Thankfully, there are lots of ways to fit exercise in without having to go to the gym every single day.

Doing the same thing day in and day out can get boring, and habits we find boring aren’t habits we’re likely to keep up forever.

Here are six great ways to sneak exercise into your daily routine. Each tip is tested for sustainability, and will make exercise a lot more fun than those one-size-fits-all routines you’ve probably tried in the past.

1. Rethink your seating. At your workplace, do you sit in a normal office chair? If so, consider

shifting to a standing desk, which exercises your leg muscles much more actively than you would

while sitting passively. Even sitting on an exercise ball forces your core muscles to activate,

helping your body exercise to keep itself stable. It may not seem like much, but those efforts

stack up to greater muscular strength over time.

2. Rethink your commute. If you’re in a position where you can walk or bike to work, that can be a

start to your day that’s both active and relaxing. You’ll walk into the office centered from the

movement and time spent listening to your own thoughts. Even doing exercises based around

sitting can add up. Some shoulder flexion action during the morning traffic jam can go a long way

toward preventing stiffness and tightness in the body.

3. Do what you’re a fan of. Love watching Dancing With The Stars? Take up ballroom dancing or

even Zumba. Building your dream team during spring training? Try a few drills that the players are

doing next time you’re at the field. By building upon what you already love, you’re setting the

stage to have a lot more fun than doing exercise you “have” to do.

4. Recruit your friends. Ever hear the saying, “The more, the merrier?” It applies to fitness, too!

Grab a friend or two for a hike, jog, bike ride, or leisurely stroll. You’ll find that the time flies – and

you might even find yourself looking forward to your next excursion!

5. Don’t punish yourself for low activity. The body adapts to activity levels, but it also loves

resting. Even if you just stretch your body during commercial breaks, keeping your body from

growing sedentary is a very good thing. So keep it going to see benefits! You’ll never regret

exercising, even if it feels like “not enough.”

6. Join a competition. Do you consider yourself to be a competitive person? Then joining a

competition could be the perfect option for you! Even if you don’t have the skills to compete in a

league for your activity of choice, you can still challenge your friends or yourself to up your game.

How do you make sure you get enough exercise? How do you make your exercise work in your routine?

Share your experience in the comments!

Jessica Spinks