After a college education, a regular workout habit is about the best investment that you can make in yourself. The more you work out, the healthier you will be, and the more productive you will likely get for this reason. The problem is, life can get in the way. If you haven’t ever been able to find out how you might possibly find the time to work out in the middle of your busy schedule, there are ideas that you can try out.
Work out on the way to work
If you drive on your way to work, it’s a solid chunk of time that you could divert to a workout. This doesn’t mean you need to think about doing clenches while driving, or while you hang off a strap. Rather, you need to cycle to work. If work is too far away from home, you can drive part of the way, and then find a bike path that’ll let you cycle safely. It can be an excellent way to find time in an otherwise jam-packed schedule.
Work out at work
If the work that you do lends itself to a treadmill desk, it would be a good way to get some exercise in, at least some of the time. If you do need to be at a proper desk, you should at least get rid of the chair, and get a stability ball instead. Not only does a stability ball discourage slouching, it makes you force yourself to constantly balance yourself, strengthening nearly every part of the body from the legs to the abdomen and chest. It may not seem like much, because it doesn’t tire you out. It’s a little that adds up to a lot over time, however. You’ll even find yourself working better. Studies have found that people tend to focus harder when they are on a stability ball.
There are lots of other ways to work out at work. Anywhere that you need to walk to get around the office, you can speedwalk there. You can take the stairs, rather than the elevator.
Work out after work
When Michelle Obama first dated Barack Obama, she asked her brother Greg to size him up. A basketball coach, Greg decided to use the sport to learn about the future president’s character. Few tests work as well as a strenuous physical sport for character reading. For those who are always on the lookout for a fresh date idea, an exercise date could actually help. You will learn a lot about your date, and you’ll meet your exercise target for the day. It doesn’t even have to be a competitive sport. You could have a Pilates date or a date doing BBG workouts. It can only impress your date.
Find time everywhere you can
There is plenty of time for everything you need to do. The problem, however, is that it easily slips out of your hands with innocent little distractions all the time. A study by Microsoft once found that each email and instant message that arrived in the middle of work took out about 10 minutes. That’s how long it took for a worker to get back to work. Turning off your messages altogether is a great way to get a big chunk of your time back. You could get your work done more quickly, and use the time to get some exercise right in your room at the office.
There are lots of other places that you can look for lost time. Do you have time when you watch your kids at the park? How about waiting for the train or waiting in line at the checkout? There are all kinds of bits and scraps to be found hidden away all over the day, and all you need to do is to be aware of them, and find things to do with them, even if all you have is a minute at a time.
Find out if you have a taste for activity
Some people love to dance, others love playing with dogs or even entertaining children. Yet others simply like some kind of sport — even if it is just Microsoft Kinect video games. Whatever you like that could involve physical activity, you should pick it up. If you really love it, you’ll find excuses to do it. You’ll find the time.
It’s important to remember that while workouts that last long stretches are great, there’s a lot to be said for any kind of activity. It’s the kind of thing that the fitness straps and smart watches excel at — adding up every scrap of activity that you get. Getting one of these watches can actually be a good idea. You’ll have fun all day finding ways to add up your total on your smart watch, and you’ll enjoy gloating over it at the end of the day.
Samantha Miller is a busy single Mom raising 2 kids whilst keeping down a full time job. In her free time she enjoys getting her thoughts and ideas out into the world through her articles, mostly contributing to Mommy blogs where she finds a like-minded audience.