You know that exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health (and your weight loss plan, if you’re on one). But you set your alarm an hour early each morning… And most of the time, you can’t fight yourself out of bed. Or, you plan to head to the gym after work… But at the end of the day, something comes up, or you need to stay at work late, or you’re exhausted. It might seem as though you just can’t find the time to exercise.
And, it just so happens that your job is a relatively sedentary one. This makes the problem even worse, because sitting for long periods of time can make you feel sluggish and tired. After hours at your desk, you might also become less productive. Now you’re certainly not feeling motivated to hit the gym in the evening!
It could be true that you’re short on time for a traditional workout. Many of us simply cannot make it to the gym five days per week. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on improving your health, or on your weight loss plan. You just have to get creative, and fit exercise into your schedule whenever possible. And, as a bonus, the following solution can boost your energy and productivity at work.
The idea is simple, but solves several problems at once: Micro-walks are exactly what they sound like, and they can help boost your energy while fitting activity into a busy schedule. Just set a reminder on your smartphone or another type of alarm, and go for short walks every few hours. You should be able to fit in a walk on your morning and afternoon breaks, as well as your lunch hour. Maybe you can also arrive a bit early, and do a lap or two around the building in the morning. Reverse that process, and walk a lap or two before leaving at the end of the day.
Work some stairs into your route, and you can increase your calorie burn. And if you’re feeling extra ambitious, take phone calls or schedule “walk meetings” with a colleague.
Basically, just get away from your desk as often as possible. Every little bit of activity adds up, and you can save more lengthy workouts for the weekend, when it’s time to do something fun anyway.
If you need more tips on fitting exercise into your schedule, or any other advice on a fitness or weight loss plan, give us a call. We’d be happy to offer our expertise to help solve your dilemmas.