How to squeeze in exercise on a busy day

Finding time to exercise may not be as impossible as you think. And, no, you don’t need to completely rearrange your schedule.
Ayesha Qureshi
Ayesha Qureshi, MPH

Our lives can be hectic — family, jobs, errands – and because of this, exercise is often pushed back and not ranked high on our priority list. But finding time to exercise may not be as impossible as you think. And, no, you don’t need to completely rearrange your schedule.

Below are tips on how to get in more exercise even on a busy day.

Break up the Routine

Break your exercise up into 2 or 3 10-minute sessions. For example, start your morning with 10 minutes of high intensity cardio, then go for a stroll for 10 minutes during your lunch break at work, and 10 minutes of yoga or strength training when you get back home.

Here is a good 10-minute, high-intensity cardio video to start your morning (of course, please don’t start any exercise routine without consulting your physician).

Track Steps

Make your day count by being active. Experts recommended we get at last 10,000 steps a day. On busy days, aim to get these steps. To track your steps, you will need a pedometer. There are so many types, from basic that simply count your steps to those that remind you to get up every hour. You also can download a pedometer app on your smartphone. There are many apps to choose from, and they are free!

Move More

Every little bit counts. Park farther away from your entrance at work or the place you shop. If possible, walking to the corner store and leave your car at home. Take the stairs. While watching television, pace around or do some strength training exercises like pushups, squats and crunches, especially during those commercial breaks!

Get Friends Involved

Plan an activity that will get you up and moving. There are lots of lovely parks in Charlotte. Or plan a hike. Shopping? You can get a lot of walking in at the mall. Or even if you meet up for lunch or dinner, plan to take a 10-minutes stroll afterward.

All it takes is a little commitment. Your health body will thank you.

This article was made possible with support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, which has sponsored Qcitymetro’s Health Page since 2010.

Ayesha Qureshi, MPH
Ayesha Qureshi is a certified health and wellness coach and has a background in health behavior and health education.
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