“I just don’t have the time to work out.” It’s one of the most common excuses for skipping daily exercise, but it’s also not a very reliable excuse. That’s because there are tons of different ways to engage your muscles and increase your heart rate, and many of them can be incorporated into activities you do already. Even if you really don’t have time to make it to the gym, you can find time to work out with these tricks.
Follow the 1-mile rule.
The 1-mile rule is simple. If you are going somewhere that’s less than a mile from home, don’t drive. You can walk, bike, or even take a scooter, and you will get a great burst of cardio. Plus—if it’s rush hour—you might even beat traffic on the way to your destination.
Exercise in front of the T.V.
If you tend to spend an hour or two watching television each day, make it a more engaging activity by doing squats, sit ups, or pushups during commercial breaks (or long title credits). Adding this little bit of exercise to your evening routine might even help you unwind more effectively after a long day at work.
Stretch at your desk.
When you’re stuck at work for long hours, it may seem like you don’t even have a moment to leave your desk. However, you can still stretch while you are sitting in front of your computer to activate your muscles and relieve some of the tension of sitting down. Another great strategy is to engage muscle groups while you are working. For example, you can tighten your abdominal muscles for a few seconds at a time to strengthen your core without missing a beat at work.
Clean the house.
Exercise doesn’t have to look like exercise. A great example of this is housework. Cleaning the tub, vacuuming the carpets, and even putting away the dishes can increase your heart rate. For an even better workout, try moving furniture to vacuum underneath or dusting in harder-to-reach areas.
Exercise is only one component of a healthy lifestyle. To establish a healthier routine or receive immediate care for minor injuries and illnesses, connect with a medical provider through MeMD. With us, you can get care right away, whenever you need to.