Are you struggling to fit exercise into your overbooked schedule? With traffic, your commute to the gym could be as long as your one-hour workout.
Plus, you’ll need time to clean-up afterward if you’re heading somewhere else other than home. For women, that means adding time for hair and make-up.
If going to the gym doesn’t work for you, here are some ideas to improve your physical activity. Some of these ideas you may have heard of, others may be new.
In either case, target adding at least one item weekly to your daily activity and watch improvement to your physical health.
Park far away and walk to your destination
Opt for stairs instead of using the elevator or escalator
Do calf raises while brushing your teeth
Replace meeting friends at a restaurant with meeting them at a nearby park for a walk
Do a circuit of push-ups, sit-ups, and jumping jacks during commercial breaks when watching television
Replace your desk chair with an exercise ball
Tighten your abs when sitting
Bicep curl your shopping bags
Use a restroom located far from your office, include another floor to take advantage of stairs
Do modified push-ups using the kitchen counter while waiting for the microwave
Start your day with a full body stretch when you get out of bed
Lunge when walking from one room to another room
Use ankle weights
Find a short cardio video on YouTube to do at home
Wall sit when deciding what to wear
Stand up and stretch from your seated position every hour
End your day with a two-minute plank
Unload groceries from your car one bag at a time
Walk when talking on the phone
Dance to your favorite song
Whether you’re taking care of kids, aging parents, or a demanding job, finding time to go to the gym can be challenging. Instead of neglecting your health, stay active by incorporating changes to how you do things. It may appear as a small change but over time, it will make a difference in your health. Staying active is one way to reduce your health care expenses as you age.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy, and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”