Fitting Fitness into a Busy Day

By: Amber Tebeau, Manager of CoachMeFit West Bloomfield.

Nearly every week I have a client tell me that they did not have time to do their at home workouts.  We all lead busy lives, however, being healthy and fit needs to remain a daily priority.  Remember that breaking up a 60 minute workout into smaller increments throughout the day is statistically as effective as doing a straight hour of exercise.  Amidst a busy day there are several things you can do to fit fitness into your everyday tasks and responsibilities.

  • When you go to the store, park in the farthest parking spot and walk or jog to the door at a brisk pace.
  • When walking your dog, do not walk at a slow pace and allow your dog to sniff every pole.  Walk briskly, getting your heart rate up, to give you and your dog a better workout.
  • While brushing your teeth, do squats.  Doing squats while brushing your teeth in the morning and in the evening will help create toned thighs and glutes.  You can do around 50 squats in one teeth brushing session.
  • When watching TV, exercise during the commercials.  You can do sit-ups, push-ups, squats, run in place, etc.  This is a great way to fit exercise into your relaxing evening at home.
  • Walk or ride your bike to your destination instead of driving.  As Americans, we have become far too dependant on our cars, and we would all benefit greatly from keeping our cars parked and walking to where we need to go.
  • Instead of going out to lunch or coffee with your friends, do an activity together.  Spending time exercising with a friend will increase exercise enjoyment, and also strengthen friendships.  Great activities to do with friends would be walking, running, or playing a sport.
  • Instead of sending your kids outside to play, go with your kids outside to play.  Playing with your kids is a great way to get exercise, but also lets your kids know that spending time with them is important.
  • While at work many people sit behind a desk for 8 or more hours.  During a long day at work it is beneficial to get up out of your desk and to stretch or do exercises.  Aim for 5 minutes per hour.  Walk to the farthest bathroom or copy room, take the stairs whenever available, stretch in your seat, do squats or pushups at your desk.  It is also a great stress reliever to take a walk during your lunch break instead of eating at a restaurant or sitting in the break room for an hour.

There are dozens of ways to fit exercise into your day.   Experiment with the ideas listed above or think of your own methods and find what works best for you.

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