For many of us, there are not enough hours in the day (weekdays especially) – between work, meals, family time and whatever else we might have going on, we often find like there is little to no time to do anything “extra”. A common excuse for not getting enough (or any) exercise throughout the day is a busy schedule. However, a packed day doesn’t resolve our mind and body’s need to get moving – so what can we do?
One solution is to choose your exercises wisely. If you’re in a time crunch, quick movement like HIITS will help make the most out of your limited time. The point of HIITS (High Intensity Interval Training) is to give 100% of your effort into short bursts of activity like jumping rope, sprinting, lunges – the list is endless! These quick exercises are a great way to get moving full force in a restricted amount of time.
Another alternative (which may not be an option for everyone), could be to walk or bike to work, school, errands, etc. If you find it’s too far to walk/bike the entire distance, another choice could be to walk/bike to the nearest bus stop or subway and finish your route with public transportation. This allows you to multitask getting where you need to be while simultaneously getting in the movement that your body requires – a win, win!
Waking up earlier for a quick workout also has its benefits. Completing something first thing in the morning sets you up for success by giving you a sense of achievement. In turn, this boosts confidence and reduces anxiety causing you to start off your day feeling great! When we put off exercising until later in the day, it’s more likely that something will come up and cause us to skip out on our plan.
Overall, it’s important to remember that any amount of movement is better than none. Whether it’s doing quick exercises in a time crunch, waking up 30 minutes earlier to get a workout in or multitasking your movement with other responsibilities – it’s important to just get moving!