If you have a busy schedule, you may not think that you have the time to put together an adequate exercise routine. No matter how busy you think you are, there are plenty of good reasons to find time to exercise.
One of the best ways to fit exercise into a busy schedule is to do it at home. Yoga is a great workout and is cost effective too; all you need is a yoga mat and DVD. There are plenty of workout plans for busy folks like you, so look for one that has 20 minute workouts. Exercising for 20 minutes a day is better than nothing. If you work from home, these 20 minutes could be on your lunch break.
If you’re not into the yoga mat and DVD, there is always the option of a treadmill or an elliptical machine. If you have a small space, there are plenty of machines available today that fold into neat, compact shapes for easy storage. If you are into toning your muscles you may want to look into a pull-up bar such, as the Iron Gym, or some free weights.
For people who might sit at a desk for an extended period of time, it is important to get up and walk around every so often. This is good for your circulation and your well-being. While at work, place your office implements in strategic places that will encourage activity. Place your stapler on the top shelf, so that you must get up and stretch for it when you need it. Make sure that you take a break at least once an hour. Get up and do a few jumping jacks or good stretches.
On your lunch hour, or during that coffee break, set some time aside to take a brisk walk. Just 10 minutes a day will do the trick. You don’t have to break a sweat and ruin that suit, but get your heart going. Or, walk to a deli nearby to enjoy lunch with your coworkers. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Do what you can to get your blood flowing and body moving.
At home, if you have chores to do, do them with some enthusiasm. Put some music that gets you in the mood to move and dance away as you dust the dining room. Bring the heart rate up as you scrub the shower or vacuuming the bedrooms. You are being active and getting house work accomplished at the same time.
Exercising even when you think you don’t have the time might be easier than you think. A little activity in the morning or on your lunch break can go a long way.