There are abundant resources available for those who wish to keep fit (which should include all of us) – gyms and trainers and programs of all kinds. However, what if you don’t have time to go to the gym or follow an exercise program? There are things that busy people can do that won’t take you away from your daily routine. Some of these tips can be done at home, while others are suited for the office, or while running errands. While incorporating increased activity into our daily lives is important, safety always comes first! Always remember to wear proper athletic shoes, with over the counter insoles if necessary, to avoid sore feet from the increased activity. Here are seven fitness tips for busy people.
1. Take the stairs. At your office building or any other building you visit that has accessible stairs, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Depending on how many stairs you climb (and how many times per day you do it), this can add up to an effective workout. For an extra challenge, take two stairs at a time.
2. Walk a lap around the mall. Before beginning your errands at the shopping mall, take a brisk walk up and down all the branches. This won’t take much time – and you may discover stores you didn’t know were there!
3. Park further away. Whether you’re parking in a parking lot or on the street, park further away from your destination than necessary – in the far corner of the parking lot, or a couple of blocks away from the street you want to visit. The extra walking takes just a little extra time and adds valuable exercise to your workday. A variation of this suggestion applies to those who use public transit: get off the bus or subway one stop before your destination, and walk the extra distance.
4. Walk the treadmill while talking on the phone. If you’re making a long phone call at home, multitask by using your exercise machine – treadmill, bicycle machine, or other – as you talk. The longer the call, the greater the benefit!
5. Exercise while watching television. Before you turn on the television, put an exercise mat on the floor. Then do yoga, or tai chi, or even pushups as you watch your favorite programs.
6. Exercise while standing in line. We all hate standing in line, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. So next time you’re in line at the supermarket or the coffee shop, exercise your feet and lower legs by standing up on your toes and then gradually lowering yourself to the floor.
7. Use a shopping basket instead of a shopping cart. If you’re doing the major weekly grocery shopping for your family, don’t attempt this tip. However, if you’re picking up a small or medium number of items, try using a shopping basket at the supermarket instead of a shopping cart. You’ll get your exercise as you browse the aisles. There are lots of opportunities to exercise within your normal daily routines. So don’t let a lack of time for gyms or fitness programs prevent you from starting on the road to better fitness. As always, please check with your doctor before starting any exercise program, and avoid sore feet by wearing the proper shoes.