For someone who has a very busy lifestyle, exercise often takes a backseat. You might ask, “Who has time for lifting weights or running a few laps on the treadmill?” No matter how full your schedule is, it should not be an excuse to neglect your physical wellness. There are practical ways where you can incorporate workouts into your schedule. Here are some inspirations.
Tend to Your Garden
Gardening and yard work is an excellent alternative to a routine workout. Prepare beautiful garden beds for your plants with premium topsoil and high-quality sand. All the shoveling and digging will help you break into a healthy sweat. Weed-pulling and lifting of full water cans are also good to keep your muscles moving. You can also do some stretching and bending as you move from one plant to another. Raking leaves involves pulling, squatting, and hauling motions.
Half an hour or so in your garden can help you burn calories without you noticing. Exposure to sunlight and fresh air is also an added benefit to this activity. Plus, seeing your lawn come to life will release feel-good hormones.
Tackle Chores with Extra Vigor
Do you want to check off items in your to-do list while being physically active? Doing household chores is the perfect answer. Mop or vacuum your floor. You may add an extra bounce to your step when you as you dance along with a happy tune while cleaning. Add some effort as you lift those heavy appliances out of the way to make sure that no dust gets away from you.
Doing the laundry is also a good form of workout as it involves lifting baskets of clothes. Also, the loading and unloading process gives your arms some serious exercise. Dusting may seem like light work. But, consider the number of steps you need as you move around your home. You even need to move from one floor to the next. Completing your household chores is an excellent workout in itself. You will have the advantage of having a sparkling and squeaky clean house, too.
Take the DIY Route
People get accustomed to getting things done in one click or paying someone else to do it. But, committing to getting back to manual work can help you to stay fit.
Does your car need a good wash? It may be convenient to bring it to the nearest carwash station. But, why not treat your shoulders to some serious workout by doing it yourself. While it may be easier to spin all your clothes to dry, consider hanging and air-drying them, instead. A little trip to the clothesline as you hang your clothes gives you some lifting and stretching time.
Do you love the convenience of remote controls? Try a week off without using them and walking over to your appliances to turn them on manually. Every small step counts.
Treat Walking as a Lifestyle
Walking is one simple activity that can help anyone to stay fit. Find ways to walk a little more every day. Walk to your work instead of riding. If you commute to work, you may also get off one stop ahead and walk the rest of the way. Take phone calls as you pace your room. Ditch elevator rides and take the stairs. These are only some options you have. Remember, 10,000 steps a day gives big health benefits.
Being fit and a busy schedule can mix well. You only need to know some strategies that allow you to get two things done at the same time. Decrease the time but increase the gains.