Even in our most hectic days, we still have the option to sneak in a workout and keep up our healthy and active lifestyles. Small steps throughout the day can add up to big results. These steps are not to replace your typical workout routine, but on days where you are unable to get that full workout in, these steps can truly help.
1.) Walk Daily. Walking is something you can fit into any schedule that will give your metabolism a great boost. Walking before meals will help to speed up your metabolism to help your body process the healthy meal you just consumed. Try to walk if possible, take a quick walk on your lunch break with a few co-workers, and always, always, always take the stairs!
2.) Wake up early. If you have a crazy schedule where you cannot possibly wake up a few hours in advanced to workout and get ready, that is okay! Try to wake up about 30 minutes earlier and do one of these quick wake up exercises.
3.) Small things to do throughout the day. While getting ready for the day keep a few of these ideas in the back of your mind. Remember, a few small changes can add up to a whole lot in the end!
4.) If allowable, swap out your office chair for a stability ball. Staying balanced on these balls is a great way to engage and strengthen your core and lower back muscles, if you use the proper posture. Add to your office routine by keeping a set of dumbbells in your desk drawer and doing a set of triceps curls and overhead presses at lunchtime, along with some stability ball exercises.
5.) Stretch! Stretching periodically will help alleviates any lower back pain, slouching, and help to keep your metabolism and heart rate up throughout the day, resulting in more energy throughout the day. Get up for at least 5 minutes every hour that you are sitting and do a few of the following stretches:
6.) Commercial Break Workouts. While watching Tv, get off the couch during commercials and workout! Get your heart rate up and burn a few calories. This will help to prevent overeating while watching TV, and can help you unwind from a long day at work. Here are a few guides to follow for commercial break workouts.