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3 Ways to Sneak in Your Workouts When You Don’t Have Time

Do you find yourself losing momentum with your workout routine?

We’ve all been there. Life takes over and the workouts suffer. Ask me how I know.

Last week I talked about starting with small workouts, and I feel that little talk also applies to when you can’t fit in a longer one. (And, I need to practice what I preach.)

It’s so easy to let life take over, especially when you haven’t gotten into a set routine yet. For me it has been watching my granddaughter and helping my daughter with their move. Although, keeping tabs on a baby who has started crawling can be a workout in itself. 😀

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Break up your workout time.

If you’re used to setting aside an hour straight a day for exercise, break that time up into smaller increments. There’s nothing wrong with doing mini-workouts. You’re still benefitting, because something is better than nothing. Do a 10-minute low impact workout at different times of the day when you can’t commit to the whole hour at once.

Change what you do.

If your usual workout happens at home or at a gym, and you’re not at either, do something different. Business often takes people away, and only the super-committed will find a gym so they don’t miss their workouts. (I know people like that, but I am not one of them.) And if you’re visiting family or friends chances are they don’t keep the same schedule you do. A 10-minute brisk walk can not only raise your heart rate, but it can also clear your mind. 10 minutes is better than zero minutes.

Incorporate your workouts into your day.

I know not everyone works from home like I do, and some days can get hectic. If you work in an office building with more than one floor, take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you have access to a park, have your lunch there (weather permitting) and go for a walk afterward. Walk while doing errands if possible to get some extra steps in.

If you can’t get away from your desk, another option is to do some sitting workouts. You need to move your body to keep the blood flowing. Even something as simple as leg-raises can be done while sitting. (Just a note here: it’s not as easy as it sounds. I just tried it and can now see how chair workouts are just as intensive as standing workouts.)

Wrapping it up.

Life can throw a curveball at anyone at any time. Instead of making excuses for not sticking with your routine, find other ways to make it work. Sure, it won’t be what you do on a regular basis, but it will be something. Walking in the park instead of on the treadmill, taking the stairs instead of using the stair climber at the gym, and a few minutes of chair exercises will all help raise your heart rate and burn some extra calories.

What do you do when your routine gets messed up? Let me know in the comments below.


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