Maintaining an active lifestyle can be challenging, with never-ending work commitments, demanding families and homes to run; health and fitness can often find itself at the bottom of your priority list.
However, you don’t need to struggle to find time to work out; with little effort you can incorporate exercise into your busy schedule.
Below are five healthy ways that you can fit exercise into your daily routine:
Turn Your Daily Commute Into Exercise
Find ways to exercise and get fit whilst you travel to work. Try swapping your car for a bike – 30 minute bike rides to the office each day provide a fun way to exercise, and is a great way to eliminate the stress of rush-hour traffic. If you work too far away to cycle, simply park your car 15 minutes away from work and power walk your way into the office. In addition, why not try and test some mini exercises at stop lights, such as squeezing your abs.
Look For Opportunities To Work Out
During your daily routine you may miss endless opportunities to fit in a burst of exercise. If you don’t have an hour to complete a daily workout, don’t worry, every little helps. Motivate yourself to look out for any opportunities to take part in anything active. Climb the stairs instead of taking the lift. When you walk, make it brisk, even if you’re walking to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. If you’re sat at a desk all day, extend your legs and hold your abdominal muscles tight – small changes can make a big difference.
Make Your Everyday Tasks Challenging
Similarly to your ‘under the desk’ exercises, you can also incorporate exercise into your daily to-dos. Fit in a variety of squats and stretches when doing your household chores, add extra weights to your vacuum cleaner in order to work out your arms or opt to clean your car yourself instead of running it through a car wash and use a basket instead of a trolley for quick food shops.
Socialise On The Move
When your friend suggests meeting for lunch, catching up over drinks or going to watch the latest film at the cinema, suggest an active option instead. Propose joining a boot camp, kick boxing class or going for a brisk walk around the local park. Instead of spending time sat down, eating and drinking, you could be catching up with your friend whilst also fitting in physical activities. In addition, having a friend with you whilst you exercise will also keep you going when you’re lacking motivation
Utilise A Fitness Tracker
If you would like to count your daily steps, keep track of how many calories you burn or know how healthy your heart rate is, there are many devices that can provide the answer, from apps and pedometers to smartwatches. These devices, called fitness trackers, work to keep a complete log of the food that you eat and the exercise that you complete. Wearing a fitness tracker everyday can help you to become increasingly aware of your health, in turn encouraging you to make the most of every opportunity that you have to exercise.
Making small changes to your daily routine can have a great impact on your health, and by implementing our five top easy exercise tips, you can effortlessly incorporate more activity into your day; leaving you feeling happier and healthier.