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5 easy ways to find time for daily activity

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Don’t think you have time for exercise? Think again! Here are some easy ways to work activity into your day.

In an ideal world we’d each have a full hour for physical activity every day. But even if you don’t have extra time, short rounds of exercise can add up over the course of your day. So, whether you’re at home or at the office, make the most of your time with these five ways to sneak activity into your busy schedule.

  1. Divide it up. Finding an extra 60 minutes a day of activity might seem tough, but even 30 minutes will do you a world of good. And you don’t have to do it all at once. Consider breaking your workout into two 15-minute, or three 10-minute segments at times that are convenient to you. Moving first thing in the morning before your shower, and then again at lunch, or finishing your day with a workout will leave you with a raised heart rate and feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Turn your commute into a workout. Try walking, running or riding your bike to the office a few days a week. You’ll save money on gas, possibly save time from public transit or traffic , and start your day with a clear head. Live too far for an active commute? Get off the bus or train a few stops earlier, or park your car farther away.

  3. Take the stairs. This is an easy option depending on your physical activity level and workplace attire. For added fun, consider counting the number of steps you can do in a minute, or for an extra glute workout, when you can do it safely, take two steps at once. For those working in high towers, why not take the elevator part way and walk the rest?

  4. Talk and walk. Need to take a few minutes to catch up with a colleague at the office? Try a walking meeting. Commit yourself to two or three 10-minute touch-base conversations where you can brainstorm a project, follow-up and plan next steps, or bring your phone along and chat it up while on the move. It’s a great way to get fresh air while getting down to business.

  5. Take a class. Consider gathering a few colleagues and hold each other accountable for a noon hour fitness session. If you don’t have enough time to take a full class, consider getting on a machine or using free weights for 30 minutes. It’s a great way to break up the day and leave you feeling more alert all afternoon.

 

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