Many people can get behind a good fitness class. With classes like Zumba and Piyo as well as Ninja Warrior Training, there is a class for everyone’s fitness style. However, Not everyone can go to a class every day. Sometimes, you won’t even have time to go for a run. That’s when you need to sneak in some workout time. Both children and adults should work to get at least thirty minutes a day to stay healthy and grow stronger.
Sneaking in a workout isn’t something you should think hard about. It’s all about small changes to your lifestyle and mind. Start with one of these tips and add in another after a few days. Changing your habits like this will help you stick to it without getting overwhelmed. We’ve gathered five things you can change in your life to sneak in an extra workout.
Park Farther Away
The first and possibly most obvious is parking further away from your destination. If you go to work each day, park in the back of the parking lot. When you go shopping, park in the back there too. If you take your kid to school each day, try parking a few blocks away and walking the last bit so that you can both get in some extra walking time together.
Though it doesn’t seem like much, parking further out and walking can add quite a few steps to your daily count. If you have a step counter, track it yourself to see the difference it can make.
Never Take Another Elevator
Elevators are a great way to halt movement. Rather than use one, try walking up the stairs. If you’ve ever been to the gym, then you know that walking up the stairs is an actual workout, called the Stairstepper. Why not add that into your daily routine? If you work on the fifth floor, you’ll be able to get at least ten extra floors worth of workout by the end of the day!
Don’t just let this affect your work life. If you go to the mall, don’t take the escalator. If you need to go to the airport, walk to your terminal rather than take the moving sidewalks. Similarly, if you live in an apartment building, or have to go to a meeting, always walk over wait.
When you take a lunch break, what do you do with the time after you finish eating? Many people take a break by talking to others and sitting on their phone. However, why don’t you try walking around your building? This is a great way to get outside and energized during the workday.
If you have the ability, try to convince a friend to walk with you each day. This will keep both of you motivated and give you someone to talk to during the workout. Some people choose to take a 15-minute lunch break and a 30-minute workout within their hour-long lunch. While this wouldn’t be a hidden workout, if your office has a gym, it’s a great option to get in better shape.
Replace TV Time
Chances are you aren’t so busy as to not have time at the end of the day to watch TV. Rather than sit down with your family for TV time, try getting moving. You can walk to the dog or go to a fitness class. If you want time to veg out, we’re not here to judge. However, you can still sneak in a workout.
Next time you are sitting down for TV, try doing something during the commercial breaks. You can do pushups for one commercial, then jumping jacks, squats, and other things until the commercial break is over. This can get you 15 minutes of a workout for every hour of TV you watch!
When your first wakeup, what do you do? If you are like many Americans, then you probably check your phone. However, you can change this. Tomorrow when you wake up, get out of bed and do some stretches. Adding yoga to your morning routine can help you get started with your day faster!
Working out in the morning is great for your mental and physical health. It allows for the increased flow of blood first thing in the morning and let you set the tone for the day. If you don’t know what to do, look up some videos on Youtube. Morning yoga is a great thing to search so that you can get your day started right.
Working out doesn’t have to be hard. If you have time for some classes, we’d love to have you. However, even if you don’t, there are ways to sneak in workouts during your day. It’s vital for both you and your family to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day to keep healthy and strong.