How to get enough exercise, even if you’re busy

Busy, busy, busy: it seems to be the word of the century. We’ve all got a million things to do each day, with work, family time and friends all competing for our time. Then there’s exercise – how do we fit that in, too?

There’s no denying that getting the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week can be a challenge. But if you skip it, you can miss out on important benefits, from keeping in shape to getting a good average heart rate. Luckily, we’re here (and happy) to help. Here’s how to make sure you get enough exercise, even when your diary seems to be overflowing.

How to sneak exercise into an already-busy day

The most important thing to remember is that – even though it might not always feel that way – blocking out some time for exercise can actually help you manage your busy schedule better. Regular workouts are a great way to relieve stress and clear the mind, making it much easier to deal with a difficult week.

Now, let’s see how you can sneak in that workout without giving up too much precious me-time:

1. Make the most of your commute

If you really can’t find any time to go for a run or a bike ride, why not turn your commute into a workout? The thirty minutes you’d otherwise be spending waiting for the train or fighting for a seat might be better spent getting active in the fresh air.

2. Be an early riser

It might take a bit of getting used to in the beginning, but waking up half an hour early to fit in a morning run is well worth the effort. That 6am endorphin rush can really get you feeling primed and ready for the rest of your day.

3. Get active in your lunch break

Dodge the sad desk lunch and go for a run, hit the gym, or simply take a walk. You can kill two birds with one stone here: as well as helping you stay fit, lunch time workouts are also proven to make you more productive during the day.

4. Bring the kids

Spending a day with your little ones does not have to mean missing out on exercise. Invest in a jogging stroller to take little passengers out with you on a run, or take older kids to the park for an afternoon of fun and ball games. You’ll probably get tired before they do.

5. Get social

If you regularly meet up with your friends for brunch over the weekend, try doing something active together instead. Your friends probably find it equally tough to fit in exercise, so arranging to meet up for a weekly football match, a boot camp course, or a bike ride could be a real winner for everyone.

6. Netflix and squat

Everyone’s a fan of binge watching these days, but you don’t necessarily have to merge with the sofa as you do it. Try doing squats while watching your favourite series, or install your treadmill in front of the TV for the ultimate multitasking session.

7. Don’t miss any opportunity

As with many things in life, it’s the little things that count when it comes to exercise. Once you know where to look, you’ll find that each day offers lots of opportunities for a quick stretch or some exercise. Always take the stairs, stand up more than you sit, walk home with your shopping bags – and never say no to a dance.

That’s it! With just a couple of the strategies above, you can get those essential 150 minutes of exercise squared away no problem. Looking for more tips on getting active? Discover our complete range of expert fitness guides here.


This blog was provided by Eva Menger from Mavens of London.

Nick McPherson
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