Getting fit is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, year after year. And given than approximately 80% of people abandon their resolutions by February each year, that’s no surprise.
In a previous post I talked about how to make resolutions stick (TLDR: turn it into a goal with a specific action plan). But even then, we sometimes fail, because we don’t stick to the plan. And why don’t we stick to the plan? One all-too-common reason (or excuse!) is a lack of time.
Since, on first glance, exercise does take time, and because I don’t want you to be one of the aforementioned 80%, I want to share with you some ways that you can exercise while doing things you are already doing.
Run Your Errands, Literally
Run to the store, walk back with your stuff. (Or run, if you brought a backpack and your stuff’s not too heavy.)
Take Exercise Breaks
Breaks are essential to productivity anyway, so instead of spending 10 minutes scrolling through Twitter, every couple of hours, take 5 minutes to walk around the block, do 25 jumping jacks, or 50 sit-ups.
Combine Exercise with Leisure
Want to know how to feel better about that Netflix binge you’re looking forward to later? Do resistance exercises while watching TV at home.
Need to finish that book for book club or can’t wait to listen to your podcasts? Listen to audio while going for a run, a walk or riding an exercise bike.
Combine Exercise with Learning
Studying for a big test? Read while on the exercise bike.
Take an online course while riding an exercise bike.
Exercise on Your Commute
If you usually take public transit to work, you can run home from work. (This sounds logistically difficult, but here’s how you do it: Get a cheap running backpack to carry your purse or wallet/keys home. Bring running clothes to work and change into them right before you leave; leave the work clothes at work. On Fridays, skip the run and bring home the big bag of work clothes. Can you tell I’ve done this before ?? :) )
Bike or walk to and from work.
Exercise During Your Kid’s Soccer Practice
Not excited to sit through yet another soccer practice? Bring your running shoes and do laps around the field.
If you are going somewhere that is less than 1.5 miles away, walking is often a wash in terms of time vs. getting an Uber or Lyft.
Take the Stairs
Come on, you knew that one was coming!