Life just seems to happen these days. We wake up, get ready, rush to work, rush to sports, rush home, life is always rush rush rush. With such chaotic schedules our health and fitness can sometimes take the back burner to the other countless tasks on our to-do lists.
By the time you get home, make supper for the family, get homework finished, and the kids to bed, you most likely don’t feel like putting on your workout clothes and going for a jog or rushing back out the door to hit the gym. Most likely all you want is to have a shower and call it a night, only to wake up and do it all over again. But you matter, and your health matters.
Here are 6 Ways To Stay Active On The Go:
1. Walk, Run, Or Bike To Your Destination
Whether going to work or the grocery store, give yourself a little extra time and arrive at your destination while getting your daily cardio in. Although this may seem counterintuitive if you have a busy schedule, it will actually save you time in the long run (no pun intended) since you won’t have to do your time consuming cardio session afterwards.
2. Avoid Sitting For Long Periods of Time
Even though you’re constantly on the go, you’re probably sitting for more time then you should be. Whether it be sitting in meetings at work, sitting while driving, or sitting while watching your kids soccer practice, we usually do a lot more sitting than we realize. And then it’s pretty common to try and enjoy the last couple hours of the day sitting on the couch relaxing. Long periods of sitting can have detrimental effects on our joint alignment and overall health as well as cause our soft tissue to become compromised. It is vitally important to decrease time spent sitting in that dreaded chair or couch position. Try to implement 1 minute movement breaks during the day to break up long periods of sitting. Try sitting on the floor and working on mobility while watching T.V., or standing while your kids partake in their extra curricular activities. Little efforts like this will add up to a big benefit.
3. Shorten Up Your Workouts
Your workout doesn’t have to be 2 hours long. Short, high intensity workouts are just as effective and a great way to change up your current workout regime. Try getting your workout done in 20-30 min while simultaneously increasing the intensity. Unsure of what to do for your workout? Try implementing a TABATA (20 seconds on 10 seconds off), AMRAP(as many rounds as possible), or EMOTM (every minute on the minute) styled workout and get creative with it.
4. Make Your Daily Workout Versatile
You really don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment to get an effective workout in. Whether you are traveling, outside, or indoors at work for most of the day, you can incorporate a body weight workout. Squats, pushups, burpees, and sit ups are all great exercises for a full body workout, and the best part is that there’s no equipment necessary!
5. Wake Up 20 Minutes Earlier
Waking up 20 minutes earlier isn’t going to make or break your daily energy levels and can be a great way to implement a little more physical activity into your busy schedule. What better way to start the day than with a little fitness routine to get the endorphins going!
6. Schedule Time For You
This is the most underrated and undervalued point. If you can’t take care of yourself, eventually you won’t be able to take care of the ones who mean the most to you. Most people don’t make time for their own personal health and it can be very hard to with a busy schedule and with a family to support. The trick is to actually schedule a time block in for your own fitness, even if it’s just 20 minutes, because saying ‘I’ll get to it later” usually turns into never. If you have kids, get them to join in and turn it into a fun activity for the whole family to participate in.
These are just a few ideas to help you stay on track of your health and fitness. Remember the old adage, “You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup”. It is important to make time for you and to set goals for yourself.