If you have small children, they either have to go with you to a child care room at the gym or you have to wait for your spouse to come home. If you’re working outside the home, heading to the gym can eat up what little free time you have outside of work. Sometimes, we have to grocery shop, do laundry and cut the grass.
And yet, we all know that exercise is crucial to our health. Not only can it help you lose weight, it does a great job of keeping the weight from coming back.
If you find yourself too busy to exercise, here are five ways to fit more physical activity into your daily life from the federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
- Stand up and move. Sitting at your desk for hours at a time is unhealthy. To make sure you stand up and move about, set a timer or use an app on your phone that reminds you to get up and walk around. Some apps will keep track of how often you do this and let you know as the day goes by whether you’re too sedentary.
- Take the long way. Don’t look for the closest parking spot to the store. Park away from the doors to add a couple more minutes walking time to your day. Over a week, these minutes will add up. If you commute, consider getting off the bus or train a stop early to add some additional steps.
- Spending time at home with your kids or furry loved one is a great opportunity to get active. Take your dog for a walk. Teach your kids how to play tag. Take your playtime outdoors where there’s more room to run around.
- Try short workout videos. With today’s amazing technology, you can stream quick workouts on your own schedule. Some workouts like Tabata are designed to be short because they require so much energy in short, timed bursts.
- Find classes near your work or home that match your schedule. Many gyms offer 30 or 45-minute classes because they understand people are short on time. If you stick with a gym that’s close to home, it makes it much easier to go there before work or on the way home.
Do you need help losing weight and keeping it off? At Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute, we tailor weight-loss strategies to your individual needs. Learn how nutrition plays an important role in weight loss with our Registered Dietitians.