We all know by now how important it is to exercise. In this day and age, it should not come as a surprise that doing 30 minutes worth of exercise per day can prevent heart disease, cholesterol problems, diabetes, and many more life threatening afflictions.
The problem for most is not the issue of knowledge, but instead it is the lack of time.
We all have busy schedules filled with tasks that constantly compete for our attention.
How do you prioritize going for a jog against picking up the kids from school, finally going to that dentist appointment you have rescheduled three times, or making it on time for that meeting with the fourth new boss you have had this year?
Trust me! You are not alone. There are many valid reasons why we may find it hard to fit in time to exercise with our busy schedule.
Don’t let time be an excuse! Although there are times when it just isn’t physically possible, there are many things you can do throughout your day to get in the minimal exercise to protect your health.
You may not be aware of this fact, but you CAN spread out your 30 minute daily cardio routine into different increments.
Check out a couple of ideas below for how you can manipulate your busy schedule to get in a daily cardio workout.
Office Olympics? I think not.
Nobody wants to be the person running around the office and dodging through cubicles like they are an obstacle course.
The type of exercise I am talking about can be done right at your desk without drawing a lot of attention to yourself.
Clean Up Your Cubicle
Take some time every day to clean up around your cubicle. By just standing up and moving all of the items on your desk while you dust can add to your daily cardio.
Make sure to constantly move your feet, and you can even push your chair around to different areas of your cubicle.
Clean under your desk. Get down on your hands and knees and clean any areas that the nightly maintenance crew may have missed.
By bending down and standing up a few times you can greatly increase your heart rate.
Take the Stairs
The best thing you can do for your health is to forget that the elevator was ever invented!
Seriously, by taking the stairs just a few times of your day you can increase your metabolism by 100%!
If your job doesn’t require you to travel to different parts of the office on a normal basis then you should schedule a stand up break every half hour.
Give yourself an excuse to use the stairs. Try using the bathroom on the next floor, or start getting your water from a different water cooler.
Take time to go outside and use the stairs to get there!
Hotel Room Workout
For those travelers among us, it is always hard to stick to an exercise routine while on the road.
While most hotels do offer a fitness center, it is sometimes hard to make use of the feature. There are times when your schedule is just too hectic, or you don’t have extra room in that carry-on for gym clothes.
Fear not! You can get in a nice cardio workout in your hotel room without any equipment or gym clothes.
Start with simple jumping jacks or jogging in place for 10 minutes. You can even switch back and forth between the two.
Do whatever form of movement you wish as long as you KEEP MOVING around for 15 minutes.
Finish your routine off with push-ups and crunches.
Start with 10 push-ups followed by 10 crunches, then rest for 30 seconds.
Now repeat the process 3 more times.
Congratulations! You have just put in about 30 minutes of exercise right in your hotel room.
These are just a few tips on cardio workouts for busy people. There are many more ideas out there just waiting for you.
We are all busy, and there will be days when there will be literally no time left over for exercise, but try to keep those days as the exception and not the rule.
The Mayo Clinic clearly explains multiple benefits to your health here.
Make no excuses to limit your health and well being!
Cheers to your health!