Busy Schedule? Try a Mini-Workout
Many people have busy schedules that make squeezing in exercise a challenge. Yet, we know that activity is a great way to keep our bodies healthy. Current recommendations for most people are to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week along with 2- 3 days of muscle strengthening activities.
If doing moderative activity such as running or brisk walking for 30 minutes at a time five days a week won’t fit into your schedule, try these ideas:
- Make exercise a habit by scheduling it like you would an appointment. Put it on your calendar to show its importance.
- Do some type of mini-activity for 10 minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening for a total of 30 minutes each day.
- Involve the family in daily fitness – go for a bike ride, play tag, jump rope, dance or walk around the block.
- Help your pet get fit by going for a walk or playing with them for 15 minutes twice a day.
- Household and outside chores are more fun when you put energy into sweeping and vacuuming the floor, dancing while you dust, or try mowing the lawn and raking with gusto.
- Walk around briskly when you are on the phone.
- Get 20 minutes of exercise by marching in place during the commercials of an hour-long program.
- Take the stairs when possible, walk briskly when doing errands, park farther away from stores, or walk in place in line at the store to get in more steps.
Exercise with a friend or family member to help you stay on track with your exercise goal. These ideas might make it easier for you to implement and stick to an exercise and training schedule.