Between work and family responsibilities, finding time to workout can be a challenging task.
After sitting hours behind a computer screen, many of us do not feel like working out. Sitting for long periods of time and inactivity can have a negative impact on our health. Any movement is beneficial to your health. Below are tips that will help get you moving, even if you have a busy schedule.
1. Walk during your lunch break. Plan a 10-15 minute brisk walk around your office. Pick a route that keeps you moving. A light lunch after your walk will nourish your muscles so they can recover and grow stronger. Maximize your walks with good form.
2. Take a 10 minute fitness break. Experts suggest that a couple of 10 minute workouts during the day can be just as effective as a longer one. Try to fit in two 10 minute workouts – try a quick workout when you wakeup, during your lunch break, or when you get home. Get the office involved with desk workouts.
3. Time Saving Tabata workout. One of the quickest ways to get in a workout is doing a Tabata. Created by Dr. Izumi Tabata, these workouts are fast-paced and fun and burn up tons of calories. It’s four minutes of high-intensity training, alternating between 20 seconds of all out effort and a 10-second rest for a total of eight rounds. Although the Tabata workout lasts only four minutes, it will most likely be one of the longest four minutes you’ve ever endured. Build your own Tabata workout with high intensity exercises like jumping jacks, squat jumps, and burpees.
4. Commercial break exercise. Is there a TV show that you just can’t miss? Don’t skip through the commercials or just sit there and watch them. During the commercial breaks, exercise. Pre-select circuit exercises and do as many reps as you can during. In a 30-minute show, you can get up to 8 exercises in!