With our hectic schedules, incorporating healthy habits such as exercise can be a challenge.
By: Tatiana Cortes
Finding the time and the drive to make fitness a priority can sometimes be a struggle. However, there are simple strategies you can incorporate to help you get a workout while staying productive.
Below are ways you can incorporate exercise in your daily routine without having to take away too much time from your busy schedule:
Grab the leash and make your dog your workout buddy
Incorporate daily walks with your dog. This will motivate you to stay consistent, walking at least 30 minutes a day – your fur buddy will thank you!
Walk and Talk
Even if you’re glued to your phone attending work calls, you don’t have to be glued to your chair. Make it a habit to walk and talk, schedule your meetings so you can walk (even if it’s on the treadmill) as you talk.
Ditch the Car
Instead of driving everywhere, walk or bike when distanced is doable. Not only this is a way to keep you active, but you’re also participating in an eco-friendly practice – benefiting the environment.
Take the Stairs
Always opt for the stairs over an elevator or the escalator, whenever possible. Even if it’s just for a floor or two, climb it – those can be active steps too!
Park Farther Away
This is an awesome tip for those who live in the Bay Area, where parking can be a challenge. You’ll no longer find yourself wasting time looking for a spot, not to mention it is a great way to get some extra steps for the day.
Stand at Your Desk
Inactivity can be so detrimental for your health! Excessive seating can slow down your metabolism, amongst affecting other things. When you stand you burn more calories than when sitting down and can improve your energy throughout the day. Get a standup desk!
Slip something heavy like a backpack, you’ll get to burn more calories because you have to work harder to carry the extra weight. Another option is to wrist or ankle weights, which you can wear throughout the day.
Wear a Fitness Tracker
Track your steps with a phone app or a Fitbit. Seeing the number of steps you take, will only stimulate you to raise that number higher and higher. This will prompt you to take a walk during lunch or come up with other ideas to bump that number of steps up.