It can be challenging to find time to exercise. As the holiday season rapidly approaches, schedules will inevitably start to get a bit crazier. More likely than not, that means personal wellness will probably be the first thing put on the back burner of priorities. This is the most important time to stay moving, though. After all, you want to be healthy and able to enjoy making memories with your family, right? Here are 8 simple ways to help you move more every day, without needing to take up a bunch of time in your busy schedule!
1. Maximize Your TV Time
You already spend part of your day winding down in front of the TV. So, why not take advantage of this time and get active? Walk on the treadmill or ride your stationary bike while watching a rom-com on your iPad. Do some foam rolling or lift weights during your favorite crime show.
Ease into it by limiting yourself to only exercising during commercials. This is a great place to start so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Then, when you get more comfortable, keep moving as your show comes back from break. Make sure to store your exercise stuff near wherever you typically binge-watch for easier access. You’ll start to notice a huge difference in your strength and overall health after a few nights of arm raises or bicep curls.
2. Sit On An Exercise Ball
You’ve probably seen people using those crazy-looking exercise balls on tv before. Although they may look more “fun” than practical, stability chairs are actually quite beneficial. For starters, they promote and encourage good posture, which can help with back pain. It also keeps your spine in alignment and improves circulation.
You can do gentle mobility stretches for your hips, neck, and spine while sitting as well. Hula hoop motions and tucking/untucking your pelvis will engage your core. Add seated marches and other abdominal work to spice things up, all while at your desk. Switch back and forth with your regular office chair throughout the day. You’ll be surprised by how refreshed you feel.
3. Dance Around
Crank up your favorite tunes, clear the furniture out of your way and embrace the beat! Dancing is an excellent way to work on your coordination and balance. Not to mention, you’ll burn some calories while you’re at it.
You don’t have to have rhythm or know a routine to get your body moving. Conga along with Gloria Estefan while cooking dinner. Or jam out to the Bee Gees while vacuuming. Get your family involved by having a dance contest. That way everyone can benefit from the groovin’ and shakin’.
4. Host Game Nights
Gather family and friends to have a game night. Rather than board games or cards, though, choose some more active games instead. There’s plenty to choose from. Hide and seek, freeze tag, scavenger hunting, limbo, and hula hoop contests, just to name a few.
People of all ages and fitness levels can play these games. Plus, you can play them inside or outside, depending on the weather. Your family will have a blast playing hopscotch or corn hole, all while working up a sweat.
5. Take The Stairs
You’ve probably heard this a million times before, and for a good reason. It’s one of the best (and most simple) ways to add a bit of movement to your day. For starters, skipping the elevator and taking the stairs increases your heart rate. Not to mention, it strengthens your legs and helps improve balance.
If you have a few spare minutes, try doing some heel raises on the edge of the bottom step for an extra calf workout. You can even take the stairs 2 at a time, safely of course.
6. Walk During Phone Meetings
Virtual conference calls have become extremely popular over the past few years. Whether you work from home or in the office, try taking one of your calls on the road with you, so to speak. If you don’t have to stare at a screen, plug in your headphones and plan the company’s next big idea while on a walk. Even if you have to take laps around the room, it’s a great way to shake up your day. Click here to learn how to up your walking game!
If you have 1-on-1 in-person meetings, offer to chat while on the move together. In fact, research shows that walking enhances mental sharpness and boosts creativity, so you might come up with better ideas this way!
7. Hit Some Lunges
Face it, your time is precious. Sprinkling movement throughout your day will help keep you healthy without making your schedule any crazier than it already is. You may get a few funny looks at first, but hitting some lunges while doing your everyday routine is super simple.
If you’re stuck behind a desk, try standing lunges. Or do 10-20 walking lunges down the aisle of the grocery store. Whatever works best for you. Adding this small yet impactful exercise is a great time saver. Not to mention, it’s surprisingly fun!
8. Park Far Away
Another popular way to add more movement into your day is by parking farther away than you normally would. Avoiding the close parking spots gives you plenty of extra walking room.
Your daily step count is bound to increase as you add a couple more minutes of walking time here and there. Just make sure you’re in a safe, well-lit area and aware of your surroundings. Don’t sacrifice your safety for just extra steps.
It’s far too easy to make excuses with the “I’ll work out later” approach. Getting active doesn’t have to be overwhelming or take up a bunch of your time, though. Prioritize your health and wellness. You deserve it. Use these tips to find ways to move more every day. Your body will thank you later!