Photo by Timothy Takemoto via https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/

Photo by Timothy Takemoto via https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/

By Bekah Jorgenson, Hot Mom Spa Squad member and author of Motherhood Moment

We all know that we should work out regularly – but sometimes just finding the time to get to the gym is half the battle! Between getting there, working out, and getting home, it can easily take up more than an hour of valuable time. We’re all busy – but that’s no excuse! Here are some ways that you can sneak physical activity into your day:

Break It Up
Experts recommend working out for 30 minutes a day, so try working up to that number by exercising for ten minutes at a time! Try doing ten minutes of slower-paced exercised like squats and calf raises first thing in the morning instead of hitting the snooze button. Then, while you’re cooking noodles for lunch, do sets of situps and pushups. At night, do a quick ten minutes of cardio – a brisk walk, jumping jacks, and so on…and there’s your 30 minutes of daily exercise!

Rethink Activity
Add functional workouts to your day. Shovel the snow instead of using a snowblower. Use the stairs instead of the elevator.

Make It Fun
You’ll be a lot more likely to make exercise a priority if you actually enjoy it. If you hate running, then don’t do it! There are so many different types of activities that you’re bound to find something you enjoy: pilates, yoga, weight lifting, kick boxing, dance-inspired workouts – too many to list! Keep trying different workouts until you find one that works for you.

Multi-task
Normally multi-tasking doesn’t work as well as we think. But doing a repetitive physical activity doesn’t take much brain power. So work out while you’re watching TV, or use an exercise machine while you’re reading a book or magazine or listening to an audiobook.

Convenience Helps
Don’t worry about going to the gym. You can an equally effective workout at home, even if you don’t have equipment. Quick internet searches will reveal a wide variety of workouts, tailored to any length of time and any activity you can imagine.

Consider Communal Activities
You need to spend time with your kids, spouse, and/or friends. Why not kill two birds with one stone and add an element of physical activity? Go to the park and actually climb on the structure with your kids. Rollerblade with your significant other. Play a game of pickup volleyball with friends. Not only will you get a workout, but you’ll help spur people you love into healthy lifestyles as well!

Just Move!
Anytime you catch yourself sitting stiill, move. Dance while the popcorn pops. Tighten your abs or your butt muscles while you’re waiting in line. Stand while you’re waiting for the bus. All of these little movements throughout the day will really add up.

About the author: Bekah writes parenting tips at Motherhood Moment, including saving money and time, family meal and activity ideas, and more. She also writes about eco-friendly and mindful living at Motherhood Mindfully.

 

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