Life can be pretty busy, which means sometimes it becomes harder and harder to make time for exercise. If you’re having trouble finding the time to workout during the day, adding some extra steps into your daily routine may be a good compromise.
Here are four ways to make sure you get your steps in during a busy schedule:
1. Walk Your Dog
People with animals have such an easy way to sneak in their steps during the day. When taking the dog out to go to the bathroom, don’t just open the door and let the dog run – take the dog out for a quick walk. Any walk can do, even something as quick as a walk around the block can seriously help a person get their steps for the day in. If you don’t have a dog, try squeezing in a walk around the block (or your house) for just 10 minutes during the day.
2. Jog in Place
Watching TV? Jog in place while catching up on the latest episodes. This way you can catch up on your show and squeeze in a little exercise at the same time. If jogging through the whole episode is too much, try only at commercial breaks until you build up the endurance.
3. Take a Walking Break
When it’s time to take a break at work, your internship, or from homework, don’t just sit there and scroll through social media feeds — get active. Take the 5-10 minutes that you usually go on break and get up to move around! Do this several times a day and before you know it, you’ll have added over 30 minutes of movement in your day.
4. Walk Whenever You Can
If you have stores around you that are close enough to walk to — do it! Walk to the pharmacy to pick up your prescription or to the grocery store to pick up the salad you need for dinner tonight. If you have the ability to get around without a car try to take advantage of that as much as possible. Additionally, walk whenever you can — whether that be up the stairs instead of taking the escalator or getting off your bus one stop early to walk the rest of the way home.
Having a busy schedule is definitely no excuse for being unable to get daily steps in. These tips are only a few that can help you exercise daily without having to set aside specific days and times to have intense workouts. Walking, or stepping in any manner, is better than sitting around and not moving at all — so get out there and move!