The number one reason people don't workout is lack of time. When life gets busy and I find it difficult to make time to workout, I work exercise into my daily life. It's easier than you'd think.
The trick is to assign exercises to your daily activities. 10 squats doesn't take much time and isn't difficult. If you do 10 squats every time you use the restroom, you can count on doing an average of 50 squats a day. Here's a list of the exercises I've tied to my daily tasks so I can enjoy everyday fitness:
- 10 squats each time I use the restroom
- 10 lunges down the hallway whenever I travel between my kitchen and my office
- 25 jumping jacks everytime I open the refrigerator
- 10 pushups during every commercial break if I watch television
- 50 bicycle crunches before I get out of bed, before sitting on the couch, and before going to bed
- Run the stairs 5 times every time I bring laundry up from the laundry room
- Attempt to do a pull-up everytime I leave the house or come home (we have a pull up bar hanging in the garage)
- Jog in place while waiting for coffee to brew or something to heat in the microwave
- Toe raises while blow drying my hair
Sometimes I switch these up because I tend to get bored easily. For example, I'll switch 10 tuck jumps for the 25 jumping jacks or V-ups for the bicycle crunches. It doesn't matter what exercises you choose, as long as they are ones you can perform safely. It won't seem like you're doing much while you're doing them, but those couple of minutes here and there throughout the day can net you 20-60 minutes of cardio and strength training throughout the day.
Do you have your own fitness tips for people who are short on time? Please share them in the comments because we can all use them!