Find Time To Workout With These 5 Tips
We've heard the saying, "a 1-hour workout only takes up 4% of your day". Still, sometimes we feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to exercise. Whether you're a stay at home mom, an entrepreneur, or work a traditional 9-5, making time in the day for physical activity may seem like a long-shot. We compiled this short list to help you find ways to squeeze physical activity into your busy routine.
1. Bike To Work: Depending on the length of your commute, using an alternative form of transportation may be the key to squeezing a workout in to your day. Did you know a 135-pound woman pedaling 12 to 14 miles/hr can burn close to 500 calories in an hour? With the right equipment, riding a bike to work can be a very safe & enjoyable experience. Grab a helmet, cute outfit, and a bike lock and try commuting via two wheels instead of four. Learn more about biking at Momentum Magazine.
2. Take A Class During Your Lunch Break: If you work in the city, odds are you work within walking distance of a fitness studio or gym. If your job is kind enough to offer 1-hour lunch breaks, take a 45 minute strength training or low impact fitness class nearby. Be sure to pack a gym bag with items to freshen up after your workout.
3. Make It A 'Play Date': Taking your kids to the park is a great way to squeeze a workout into your day. Instead of answering e-mails or reading your favorite book on a nearby bench, take time to play with your kids. Activities like 'hide & seek', pushing your toddler on the swings, jumping rope, or playing on the monkey bars for as little as 30 minutes/day can make a huge improvement to your health.
4. The One-Hour Yoga Class: Have you been avoiding yoga because of the lengthy 1 hour and 30 minute class time? You're not alone. Many yoga studios offer 1-hour yoga sessions during the lunch hour to accommodate people with busy schedules. Take advantage of these programs and participate in a 1-hour yoga class during your break or after work.
5. Teach/Coach A Youth Program: Have a love for dance, volley ball, or cheer leading? With budget cuts to many youth recreation/athletic programs, most teams can use all the extra help they can get. Volunteer as an assistant coach with a little league team or youth program in your community. Create [and participate] in warm-ups, workouts, and drills to help keep you and your team in shape.
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