5 Clever Ways To Sneak Added Exercise Into Your Day


By Cassie

It’s important we adopt and maintain a healthy relationship with fitness. Unfortunately though, some days there’s just too much going on to find time to exercise. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I often use that as an excuse to not follow through with my intentions.

I decided that if I continue the “no time” mindset, I’ll probably never add a healthy amount of exercise to my lifestyle – it’s not like life will get any less busy. Instead, I looked for ways to squeeze fitness into my day so that when life piles up and there doesn’t seem to be time, I can still fit in a workout. If you find yourself in the same position, consider the following ways to sneak some exercise into your day:

7-Minute Workout

Your best fitness tool is something you carry around with you constantly, your smartphone. Apps, such as the 7-Minute Workout, are designed to offer quick workouts that can be done pretty much anywhere. This app uses high-quality videos and instructions to help you maximize time, and it also tracks your performance so that you can set goals for improvement. It offers a wide range of exercises to choose from, allowing you to work out any area of your body. These short workouts are a great way to get some exercise when a trip to the gym or a run simply isn’t possible.

Keep in mind, this app does require you to enter some personal information and certain features require location services, so make sure you are using a secure connection to protect yourself.

Walk More

There are lots of opportunities to increase how much you walk each day, and this is a great way to add extra cardio work without taking up too much time. For example, park your car further away from stores, or take the stairs at work. Once you make this a priority, you’ll see just how many chances there are to walk, and you’ll be thrilled at how it makes you feel.

Get Active in Your Down Time

I’m a big fan of this option as it really helps to add more exercise into your day without even realizing it. Do you find yourself going to pubs, clubs or bars with your friends often? Why not mix things up and visit the local park instead? By doing this, you’ll be adding exercise into your lifestyle. You can take Frisbees, bikes, footballs and other equipment with you and turn your leisure time into an engaging workout.

You’ll maybe even find that the atmosphere and connection you have with your friends and family members is better in environments such as parks since you’re engaging more and having fun.

Exercise Before Showering

This is an easy method that will allow you to quickly get in some exercise as part of your daily routine. Before I jump in the shower every morning, I perform 50 push-ups and sit-ups. It takes me no longer than 5-10 minutes and helps me to start my day feeling productive and good about myself. Over time, you will see results, and this feeling of accomplishment at the beginning of your day will help you feel better about yourself in general.

Secret Flexing

Secret flexing may make you laugh, and rightly so, but it works wonders. If you’re in line at the grocery store, waiting for a bus or just sitting at your desk, flex your abs for ten seconds at a time. Do this a few times and you’ll be surprised at how taxing it actually is. People might look at you a bit funny, but who cares? There’s no shame in taking care of yourself.

These five methods have helped me to consistently add more exercise to my busy schedule. One of the best results of adding healthy habits is that I now have a much better relationship with fitness. I no longer feel guilty if I miss a day at the gym because I know I can always sneak in something small between meetings or errands. It encourages me to enjoy the days when I do have time to work out, which has helped make fitness a bigger part of my life.

What are some ways you sneak extra exercise into your day?

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