Whether you’re a nine-to-five office employee or a working mom with a busy schedule, you probably find it hard to spare time for daily exercise. All your body really wants after a long, tiring day is to go straight home and get some rest. And this all-too-familiar routine goes on for weeks and months. Well, everyone has a reason to skip their workouts, but saying that you’re too busy to exercise is just an excuse. Even busy women can workout - it’s just a matter of making some small tweaks to your daily routine.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and the choice of what to do with those hours. But those who are successful in maintaining a healthy body spend their time wisely. If you have a hard time adding exercise to your busy schedule, here are some workout ideas you can fit into your routine with ease.
Many of us spend as much as half the day at work. Yes, the office isn’t an ideal place to do workouts, especially without your sportswear, but you can do a few easy moves to keep your body active.
- Neck - You can stretch your neck in every direction - left to right, back and forth, and side to side. Just don’t rotate your head around your neck because it could damage your joints.
- Arms and shoulders - Place your hands on the edge of the desk about a shoulder width away from your body. Then twist your hands inward to your body and lean forward, hunching your shoulders. Then stretch your arms by pushing your elbows closer to the desk.
- Wrists - Simply roll your wrists 10 times clockwise and 10 more counterclockwise. This helps to release the tension from spending a lot of time typing.
- Ankles - Raise your ankle, one at a time, and roll it clockwise three times, then counterclockwise.
- Calves - Stretch your calves by raising your legs so that your toes are pointing upwards. Hold this pose until your legs are tired. Repeat the process 10 minutes later and continue doing this for an hour or so.
Take more steps
You can force yourself to take extra steps in many ways. For instance, taking the elevator to your office may seem convenient but, if it’s not too much trouble, you can take the stairs instead. This is also practical in other places, such as the supermarket. You can also park your car farther from the office and make the extra walk. Extra distances mean more exercise, which is definitely good for a busy woman like you.
The concept is to sneak exercise into your daily activities and make the most of your time. Here are a couple of examples:
- Don’t just sit around while watching your favorite channel. Do a few basic push-ups, crunches and squats while you’re at it.
- There’s no reason to sit idly while you’re on the phone, so take a walk around. A conversation could last for 10 minutes or more, and that’s wasted exercise time if you sit and do nothing but talk.
If you really don’t want to join in with full on exercise sessions, or genuinely don’t have the time to, then making adjustments to your daily activities will help. Of course, a full and structured workout always yields better results, so get in touch with us and see how we can help plan a fitness routine that works for you.