If you think you don’t have time to work out, think again! The truth is, being active doesn’t require hours to spare. Get moving—without running out of time—with these practical pointers.
1. Split up your sessions. If you don’t have time for the recommended half-hour of exercise each day, do two fifteen-minute sessions or three ten-minute sessions. It’ll be just as good for you, and much easier to work into your busy schedule.
2. Walk. Try to walk to your destination whenever you can. If you can’t make it all the way on foot, get off the bus or the subway a few stops early. At work, fit more steps into your day by going to see your colleagues instead of calling them, heading outside during your breaks and parking at the far end of the lot.
3. Avoid elevators and escalators. Taking the stairs isn’t that much more time-consuming than waiting for the elevator. It’s also faster than standing on the escalator, and it’s great for your cardio!
4. Replace your office chair with an exercise ball. Tone your muscles while you work! You can do the same at home while you watch TV, too.
5. Try express training. From jumping rope to hula hooping, there are plenty of exercises you can do in just a few minutes.
Consider this: driving 20 minutes back and forth to the gym or the pool is a waste when you’re short on time. Exercise at home, at work or anywhere in between.