With the holidays just behind us, you likely have some comfort foods to work off and a resolution or two featuring the word “fitness.” Check out these easy tips to make sure your workout stays front and center on your personal to-do list.
We’ve all heard the health experts’ advice: “Find 10 minutes here” or “20 minutes there.” But as we all know, that is easier said than done during a normal week, let alone when you’re working, taking care of family and handling your long list of daily chores.
So we’ve scoured some great resources and found some easy ways to integrate exercise into your daily routine.
Easy Workout Ideas
Get the Whole Family Involved
Exercise isn’t just important for adults, it’s also something you want to put center stage for your kids. Encourage everyone to get outside and play. Not only will it give you some quality time away from phones and TVs, it’s also a great source of stress relief. Try shooting hoops, throwing a Frisbee or football, kicking around a soccer ball or riding bikes as a family.
Exercise While Your Kids Exercise
Playing “soccer parents” can be exhausting as you cart your kids from one practice to the next. Take advantage of their practice and game times and get a little workout in too. Instead of lounging in a chair on the sideline, put on your tennis shoes, take some laps around the field and catch the game from every angle.
No Excuses – Take a Walk!
Don’t want to pay for a gym membership? Don’t have time before or after work for a workout? No excuses – you can take a walk pretty much anywhere. If the expense of a gym membership is a struggle, take a walk at lunchtime, even if it’s just 20 minutes. And if your building has stairs, start climbing!
Walking is a great way to de-stress during your work day or at home. Before or after work, you can use this time to relax, unwind, get to know your neighborhood and enjoy some time with your husband and kids.
Find Your Go-To Workouts
When you’re running from one obligation to the next, it can be difficult to find the time to grab your clothes, hit the gym and shower between commitments. Instead of squeezing in time during a workday, create a DVD or online library for quick workouts that can be done right in your living room. Find some that are 15-20 minutes along with longer ones, 30 to 45 minutes, to help fit the time you have.
Commercial Breaks = Couch Breaks
It can be hard to pull yourself away from the couch and TV after a long day at work. Rather than choose between relaxation and a workout, combine the two. At commercial breaks, make it a goal to get off the couch and do situps, pushups, squats or just take some laps around the living room; after all, every little bit helps.