We’re all busy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find time to add some exercise to your daily routine. Here’s five fitness hacks for busy people – they might just a game changer
Do you struggle to find time to work out? Are you making excuses or are you genuinely that busy? Either way, here’s five fitness hacks for busy people that might just change all that.
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Ban the snooze button
Start working out in the morning, either in your sitting room or back garden. If have time to hit the snooze button or time to scroll through social media in the morning then you have time to add a quick exercise session to your day. Don’t know where to start? Start with Lee Tracey’s power yoga routine or a workout from Philly McMahon. Working out in the morning is also a great way to ensure you get it done, no matter what might happen during the day.
Think smarter not harder
Can you workout during your commute? The idea of parking futher away from the office is nothing new, but can you walk or cycle to work? Especially during the fine weather. You never know, you might actually enjoy it.
A Cycling UK study of around 73,000 men and 83,000 women found that mixed public and active transport commuters had significantly lower BMI and body fat than their car-only counterparts. And research published in the 2017 British Medical Journal found that cycling to work is linked with a 45 per cent lower risk of developing cancer, and a 46 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to commuting only by car or public transport.
Utilise your lunch break
Lots of gym do express lunchtime classes, which are perfect for those who like to get in and get out when it comes to their workouts. But if working out in the middle of the and heading back to the office afterwards doesn’t fill you with glee, then why not go for a walk? A brisk 20 minute walk each day will help get your steps in, and your heart beating a little faster.
One study by Leeds Metropolitan Universityfound that exercise during work hours actually boosted people’s performance. Employees in the study reported that when they visited the gym, they managed their time better, felt more productive, and found it easier to collaborate with workmates. Perhaps the biggest bonus, though, was that they also left work feeling more satisfied at the end of the day.
Find a pal
We know that working out with a friend makes you less likely to cancel, but what about the fact that you can actually do two things at once by teaming up? Instead of meeting a friend for breakfast or coffee, meet them for a walk, a run or even a yoga class. And treat yourself to coffee afterwards. Not only are you getting in a workout but you’re catching up with a friend. Another idea is to join group classes, which are a great way to meet new people and turn exercising into a social activity. e.
Include the family
If you find that you struggle to get time away from the family, then why not include them in your exercise plans? Family bike rides are always fun or even just a team kick about in the park can show kids that keeping active is fun. And if that’s not an option, think of working out as a date with yourself and schedule it into the family’s weekly diary.