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Summer has ended in the “Big Apple” and many of us are back to our busy work, school, and family schedule. As the days become shorter and the leaves begin to turn, it seems as if exercising becomes more of a challenging task than a pleasurable one. For many, squeezing in a substantial amount of physical activity into the workweek may seem like a fantasy. We tend to believe that we are too busy handling other essential obligations to fit in exercise, and then feel guilty about it later.
The reality is, most adults need 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week for optimal health. Whether it is going for a brisk walk on your lunch break or doing heavy cleaning around your home, moderate intensity activity everyday can provide immense benefits.
So, why not get an early start on what might be your News Years resolution? After all, the fall is a great time to start creating new habits that will lead you into the holiday season. Here are a few of my favorite ways to fit exercise into a busy schedule:
1. Start your day early
It is more likely that you will get your work out done before the busy day begins. Whether you plan to work out for 20 minutes or an hour in the morning, make sure to prep the night before to make the transition as seamless as possible. Have your workout clothes and water ready for when you wake up.
2. Take Advantage of your Lunch Break
Do you have a generous amount of time you can take for lunch? Go for a brisk walk around your building or master the stairs. If you find yourself eating at your desk, try seated leg raises.
3. Take the Longer Route
Throughout your day, try to walk the extra distance. Park farther from your work building or the store. Take the longer route to the bathroom or cafeteria. These are all ways to get in extra steps during the day. Every little bit counts!
4. Watch TV Actively
Hop on the treadmill or bike while you enjoy watching your favorite television show or news program. Don’t have exercise equipment? Walk or run in place at home while watching TV. You will be surprised what you can accomplish while watching your shows.
5. Make it a date
Instead of going out for drinks or dinner at the same restaurant or bar, try incorporating fitness into your social life. Take a spin class or try indoor rock climbing. Pick an activity that might be new and fun for both of you. It will be a guaranteed good time.