It is interesting when you consider the expression "make time for…" After all, we might hear advice about making time for rest and relaxation, making time for friends or family, and making time for exercise. The problem with that expression is fairly obvious - we cannot actually "make" time. We are given only a limited number of hours in any given day, and with work, family life, social life and our need for healthy living, it can often feel as if there really will never be enough time.
So, how can you do something that provides you with that coveted space in the daily routine? What can you do to make time for something as important as a workout? There are actually a few very savvy steps you can take in order to squeeze in a workout, just as if you had magically added time to your day!
Do a Workout in Spare Moments
Do you find yourself standing at the copy machine? Maybe you spend time on the phone? What about those five minutes of brushing your teeth or waiting for the kettle to boil? If you take one day of your life and track the minutes you spend "waiting" or doing a single task, you can easily come up with 30 to 45 minutes.
And then? What if you do find that you have five minutes here, three minutes there and enough of this to translate to a workout? The answer is simple: squeeze in a workout by doing specific exercises in specific places. For example:
- You find you pace around the kitchen waiting for the kettle each morning. Don't fill that time with small kitchen tasks. Instead, make it the time for dips, squats, lunges or even a five minute morning yoga flow to get your circulatory and digestive system moving.
- You stand and stare at yourself as you brush and floss your teeth. Don't just zone out when this is the perfect time for squats, ballet plies, and even squats with lifts (standing on your toes) at the end of the movement.
- You take an elevator and/or escalator ride each day. Don't do that! Jog up those stairs, and don't forget to park as far from your destination as possible to get even more steps into your day.
Other ways that active people squeeze in a workout include turning the morning and/or evening commute into a workout by cycling, walking or jogging in one or both directions. Some skip lunch and do a workout midday, many find ways of performing exercise movements while seated at a desk or in a cubicle (such as using a stability ball instead of a chair), and others carve out time by rising early.
Of course, one of the smartest ways to give yourself the means for working out whenever the opportunity presents itself, thereby squeezing in a workout, is to always wear fashionable activewear and allow yourself to get moving immediately. If you don't think you can get away with wearing workout clothes as fashionable ensembles, you should take a quick look at the jackets, leggings and other gear from 2TONEFIT, as it allows you to look great and be ready for a workout whenever you have a moment or two, or ten!