You’ve probably been told how exercise is essential and how you need to do all it takes to fit it into your schedule. And that’s correct. Exercise has a lot to offer as a health benefit. However, in today’s busy schedules, it can be challenging for some people to get time to engage their mind, body, and will in some form of exercise.
The truth is, you don’t really need a gym or a specified time, especially if you’re busy. But that doesn’t mean you disregard exercise.
If, for instance, you started moving more even within your busy schedule, it would add up than not moving at all.
In this post, I’m going to show you a few creative things you can do to ensure you’re staying active and boosting your metabolism while maintaining your day to day schedule.
- Avoid deliveries
If you’re in a position to do your grocery or any other type of shopping, avoid deliveries and other pickup services. Each time you have someone do it for you, you’re losing an opportunity to get active.
You can even do the loading and off-loading from your car without asking for help. That’s if it’s manageable.
- Organize for walk meetings
Whether you’re visiting a friend or it’s a work meeting, sell them the idea of walk meetings rather than sitting down. Of course, this won’t work with a huge number, a reason to take advantage of those duo meetings you may have with colleagues or friends.
Walking may even help stimulate new ideas. And in case you need to take notes, use phone apps like the voice-to-text app.
- Engage in household chores that get you moving
Engaging in labor-intensive chores such as vacuuming, mopping, raking leaves, or even gardening for an hour once or twice a week, can be a great way to burn calories, increase your metabolism and improve your health.
- Hang out with your kids
You can’t be around kids and remain still. They always want to play, and playing along can help you stay active. Pull them in a wagon around the yard, kick the soccer ball together, chase them around. You can even go for a walk together. And if they’re too slow, try jogging a little.
- Minimize the time you spend sitting.
You can burn more calories when standing than sitting. So take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself.
If, for example, you sit all day long at work, a standing desk may be a great option.
Or in case you’re waiting for someone, or you have an appointment, and you have to wait outside an office, consider standing as you wait rather than sitting.
Exercise is an important element to include in your schedule, but if you cannot afford the time to exercise daily, it shouldn’t be the end of you. Start engaging in these simple activities, and soon you’ll be doing them without even knowing it. That’s the secret to living an active lifestyle.
Joan C. is a Registered Medical Clinician, a content creator, and a health and wellness enthusiast. She’s all about educating clients on the power of plant-based nutrition, mindfulness, and lifestyle habits as a strategy to impact health and longevity.