Staying Active When Life Gets Busy
Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is a major and important part of preventative health and wellness. There will be times when life becomes super busy and it’s not always easy to head to the gym for a workout or commit to scheduling a dedicated workout session. Since this is the end of summer break and it’s time to get the kids ready to go back to school and get back into the grind of things you may find yourself in a super busy season and you just don’t feel like you have the time to devote to your fitness regimen.
Today I want to give you some simple ideas for activities you can do that don’t require a lot of time but promote movement in a healthy way so you can stay on track while you go through this busy season.
If your busy schedule isn’t allowing you to make it to the gym and you don’t want to abandon your workouts completely, transitioning to at home workouts might be a good option for you. Committing to 15-20 minute sessions a couple times of the week in the morning or in the afternoon whichever time works best with your schedule. These mini-sessions require little to no equipment. Some types of equipment you might want to purchase are resistance bands, dumbbells, ankle weights, blocks, a stability ball and a mat. Much of the equipment is pretty lightweight and portable so if you are traveling a lot you may find these quick workout sessions convenient. Types of workouts that you can adjust to fit within 15-20 minutes are circuit style workouts, HIIT workouts, pilates, and yoga.
Perhaps spicing up your daily commute and biking to work could work to help you increase your activity levels and remain active. You could have specific days that you bike to work or you can bike and use public transportation. This can also improve your mood and decrease your stress having you happy and ready to face a day at work.
This is pretty self-explanatory, but opting to take the stairs in place of the elevator or parking your car farther out so you have to walk to the entrance. Both of these are good strategies for increasing your daily movement.
Cleaning your home, washing your car, gardening, mowing the lawn. All of these activities require you to do some type of manual labor that requires you to move and are quite physically demanding in some cases. So making sure you’re setting aside time to truly clean your home and do your chores.
The above options are just a few ideas designed to help inspire you to get moving and active. While busy schedules do happen and are quite common and sometimes fitness may have to take a backseat due to a demanding lifestyle. Find creative ways to include fitness into your everyday life and stop thinking it’s just about going to the gym. Expand your mind and explore other options for working out until you’re back to a regular schedule.