Tips to Exercise Even When You Don’t Have Time


By Ana Margarita Olar|

For a Busy Home Buddy (Housewives or House Husbands)

You might think that tiring out yourself from all the household chores such as doing the laundry, cooking, ironing clothes, cleaning the house, tending the pets, and taking care of the kids are forms of exercise but you’re wrong. Sure, it’s also a form of physical activities, but they are not the best forms of exercise. Here are some tips on how to incorporate exercise with your busy day at home:

1. Plan your breakfast the night before, wake up earlier the next day to have time for a short workout. You don’t have to deprive yourself of that much-needed sleep. Wake up at least 15 minutes before your usual waking up hours. 15 minutes of moderate workout are enough to make your body feel refreshed and energized.

2. If you are not an early person then you can try working out at night. Even though you are so tired and just want to hunker down, fight this urge. Schedule a 15 to 30-minute workout at least 1-2 hours before bedtime. Use this kind of workout as a method of unwinding yourself from a tiring day. It can be on a treadmill, or something calming such as yoga or stretching.

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3. Kid’s playtime is Exercise time. Instead of yelling at your kids when they do a rough house play, why not schedule this fun activity and join your kids. Carry your toddler up and down as if using a dumbbell. Put your baby on your legs while doing crunches. Roll, run, laugh and have fun!

4. Many parents turn to their TV’s during leisure time. Instead on munching on junk foods, choose protein-rich foods or fruits. And then have some workout during commercial breaks. Alternate your workout with sets of leg work, arm exercises or abdominal crunches.

For Busy Employee

Being an employee especially at office settings, you are confined to your desk 8 hours a day and the lack of physical work and too much mental work and exposure to computers will leave you drained, stressed and unhappy. Here are some tips to incorporate exercise during your busy working day:

1. Walk your way to work. If you are living at a decent distance away from your office, leave your home a little early and try walking to your workplace. If you have a car or going to commute, get off the vehicle few meters away from your workplace so that you’ll have enough distance to walk. Use the stairs to go to the next floor. Go to your boss personally instead of calling from the phone.

2. Have a workout break into your lunch break. Have a 15 to 20-minute walk before eating your lunch. You’ll be refreshed and more productive when you maximize your lunch time and have a short workout rather than trying to kill your lunch time while playing on the computer or chatting with your office mates.

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