We get it; sometimes life can get in the way, making it difficult to make time for exercise. In some cases, our bodies might still be recovering from an injury and limit us from participating in certain exercises. Even if you are struggling to find time in your day, below are 5 simple ways that can help keep you active!
Use the stairs
This might be one of the best tips because of how simple it is. Just by taking the stairs, rather than an elevator or escalator, you’re still being active. Not only does this improve lower body strength, but it keeps your heart rate up.
Park far away
If you’re comfortable and in a safe area, try parking far away to add some walking. This could also help you reach your daily steps. Walking is such an effective yet simple way to remain active, give it a try next time you go out.
Stretch while watching TV
Not only during commercial breaks, but you could also exercise during the breaks if you’re feeling up for it. Try some yoga poses, or basic warm up stretches to keep your heart rate up. Your muscles and joints will thank you.
Get your clean on
Imagine how sweaty you get when you are deep cleaning your kitchen or bathroom – at least I do! Cleaning your home offers a ton of movement for your body! Vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, walking all over your house, etc. is a sneaky and ultra-productive way to add exercise into your day!
Add HIIT into everyday tasks
Waiting for something to cook in the oven or for the wash cycle to be done? Use those short periods of time to do some fun high-intensity exercise! For instance, if you have 10 minutes between tasks, instead of grabbing your phone try doing 25 Jumping Jacks, 10 mountain climbers and 5 Burpees and repeat this set when you find you have some down time while waiting!
It’s important to be active so that we can live longer, healthy lives. Try to discover creative ways like these to keep moving every day!
Written by GUADS Summer intern Carla and GUADS staff member Kate with contributions from www.healthline.com