Exercise for Super Busy People

I have never been an athletic person. Give me a book over a ball any day, that being said, I definitely appreciate the importance of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. Over the years I’ve fallen into extreme workout mode and then back to a couch potato. I’ve never been able to keep up with a workout program for more than a few months before something gets in the way and ultimately throws me off for months.

One of the few resolutions I failed to keep last year was my goal to workout 4-5 days a week. Now that my schedule has gotten even crazier, 2014 isn’t looking any better on the exercise front. When you’re super busy, it’s easy to think your to-do list dominates your life (and it certainly can). Here are simple ways to incorporate exercise into even the busiest schedules.

Exercise for Super Busy People

Wake Up Earlier

I hate this tip, but it’s true. Waking up even an extra hour earlier in the morning is one of the most effective ways to fit a workout into your day and get the blood pumping. I’m a “morning person” but definitely not a 6am person. My office is pretty flexible about the start of day, so in the future I may opt to take gym classes near my office and start my day a little later later. If this isn’t an option for you, start small. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and work yourself up to an hour.

Find a Workout Buddy

Positive peer pressure is the best way to force yourself to workout. Find a few friends or co-workers to join you on workouts to keep yourself honest and motivated throughout the year. Taking classes together before work or right after is the best way to ensure you’ll hit the gym and have a buddy!

Gamify

I’ve always wondered how much I move around during the day. To be honest, probably not that much once I get to the office. Bracelets such as Nike Fuelband, band gamify working out and challenge you to complete tasks throughout the day. The fuelband Definitely on my wish-list for 2014.

Take a Walk

If you’re tied to your desk, or your computer all day, schedule in breaks. When the weather is nice I make a point to take a 30 minute walk outside. During the winter take shorter walk breaks inside the office. Take the stairs, walk around the office a few times, stop and chat with co-workers or walk around to complete errands.

Take Meetings on-the-go

Meetings in cafes and conference rooms are boring and stuffy. Spice up your meeting by taking a walk, or during a low-key fitness activity such as golf. Make sure you alert your client to the change in venue. I would hate to show up in heels and be expected to walk around the block!

Prioritize Exercise

The older I get the more I realize if I don’t schedule something into my day, the less likely it is to happen. Treat workouts like any other appointment. Schedule time to workout and make sure you put it on your calendar! You wouldn’t break a date with a friend so don’t break your date with exercise. Marking yourself as busy will deter others from double booking your time.

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy! But let’s try to make a little more room for health and fitness in 2014. You’ll feel better and be more productive because of it!

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