Time is one of those things no one ever seems to have enough of. There is simply not enough time in the day to fit in everything we have to do in our daily lives. This is especially true when you have a family. I only have one child but sometimes I feel like I have three so I can only imagine what it must be like for families with two, three or four kids. Unfortunately, because we are so busy, finding time to get a workout in becomes a challenge. If you have to choose between preparing dinner for your family or helping the kids with homework and working out, it becomes very easy to postpone the workout or cut it out altogether. There’s always tomorrow we tell ourselves and each busy day goes by.
I made the decision a few years ago, that I will strive to make my workout fit into my life, into my schedule and make it part of my list of tasks I had to do for the day. Once I made this decision, I came to realize that no matter how busy I am, there’s always time to fit in a workout. You probably think I’m crazy or have no idea what I’m talking about, so bear with me for a second.
When I say workout, it doesn’t necessarily have to be an hour long session at the gym. Most full time employees are entitled to two fifteen minute breaks in the day. How about instead of sitting in the break room, you use those fifteen minutes and walk briskly around the parking lot of your office building. You may work in a building that is more than one level. Why don’t you walk the stairs for ten to fifteen minutes each time. Do you still think I’m crazy?
I work in a five storey building. A couple years ago I thought to myself, why not walk the stairs three times a day for ten minutes each time. This gives me an additional thirty minutes exercise in my day. So I brought a pair of sneakers to work, kept them under my desk and I started doing stairs with a co-worker. We motivated each other and if either one of us didn’t feel like going we made each other go anyway. It was hard at first, you don’t realize that you use different muscles when climbing stairs until you try to do so repetitively and wake up the next morning sore as a mother. You also don’t realize that the simple task of climbing stairs is an actual workout. But that first day I was actually panting at the end and I consider myself to be in pretty good shape.
If you are feeling especially motivated, you can also do 5 push ups when you get to the top of the stairs. I haven’t done that personally but I saw someone doing that a couple times and was quite impressed by their dedication.
Don’t want to be smelly and sweaty throughout the day, simple, buy some scented wipes and use them to wipe your armpits or any other sweaty area. I like these:
Amazon sells them for $9.99 for a pack of 10. I also keep a stick of deodorant in my desk drawer.
When the weather is nice outside, and by nice I mean no 100% humidity that plagues our summers and basically most of the year here in Florida, I alternate stairs and walking around the parking lot, in and out of the lanes.
Another thing that I started doing was squats every time I used the restroom. I do 10 squats every time and on a good day (or a bad one depending on your view on multiple bathroom trips due to chugging water and tea all day) I can get 100 squats in.
The point I’m trying to make here is that, you can always fit a workout into your day. It doesn’t have to be anything over the top but every little bit helps.