We’ve all heard it time and time again – exercise is essential to healthy living. Despite our best intentions though, busy schedules and packed days make following through easier said than done. Here are some easy ways to fit in exercise into your life using the very little time you have!
Between caring for the kids, driving them to their various activities, work and household admin, there’s often little time left for self-care. The good news? You don’t need to hit the gym or keep an eagle-eye on your hour of daily movement. Instead, you can make do with the time you have, whatever you’re doing. Here’s five ways to get creative with exercise.
Tip 1: Break up your workouts
If you’re struggling to block out a large chunk of time, make your workout fit into the smaller gaps in your schedule. Got a spare 10 minutes? Squeeze in a few sets of push-ups, squats or lunges. Not only will your movements add up quickly, but it also serves as a great break – especially if you spend most of your day sitting.
Make sure you’re dressed for movement! Not only can a stretchy pair of leggings be the perfect at-home, comfy outfit, but they’re also great for your random spurts of exercise through the day.
Tip 2: Slip in a workout while watching TV
The kids are in bed… now you can sit down, zone out and lose yourself in your favourite binge-worthy show before moving on to all those chores that didn’t make the cut yesterday. Before you get into a shirt folding rhythm, however, turn TV viewing into an exercise game.
It goes something like this:
- Do 10 sit-ups every time a character says a particular line.
- Fit in 10 jumping jacks every time something explodes.
- Watch with someone else and make it competitive – motivating yourself to get through a few extra reps.
Too tired? Get stretching. Downward dog or touch your toes while watching your favourite characters.
Tip 3: Make it a walking catch up
It’s been a while since we’ve been able to get together, so catch-ups with friends and family are long overdue. An easy way of fitting in exercise is to swap the location of your post-COVID catch-ups from the café to the footpaths, and go for a walk together.
Are you sick of staring at the same old buildings? Pick a hiking spot you haven’t explored yet, pack a picnic and take the kids along. They’ll have a blast exploring somewhere new, while you enjoy the fresh air with your besties.
Tip 4: Organise an active date night
Have you and your partner finally managed to get a night alone? Trade-in your usual restaurant and movie and try an active date night. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a night sweating it out at the gym. Instead, try some fun activities that will get you moving, such as:
- Mini golf
- Attend a class together – think out of the box and opt for a fun dance class
- Ice skating or roller skating
Tip 5: Use your commute
Between the rush of getting everyone ready and making sure you get from point A to B on time, an early morning workout sometimes just isn’t practical. An easy way to fit exercise into your day (and a great way to start your morning off on the right foot!) is to integrate some exercise into your commute.
- Catching public transport? Get off a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way. This is an easy way to add an extra few minutes of activity into your morning without chipping into your precious time too much.
- Driving to work? Try to park a little further away. Wherever you park, make sure it’s practical and safe for you to return to at the end of a long workday.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to what works for you. Getting in some exercise doesn’t mean sweating it out at the gym. You can get moving and start reaping the benefits on your schedule.