5 Fitness Hacks for When You're Short on Time
When your schedule is packed, staying fit can fall by the wayside. Grabbing meals to go can be easier than cooking a homemade meal. And after a long day at work, going to the gym is the last thing on your mind.
Fitness doesn't have to be a time-consuming chore. Try these five hacks to keep up your routine when you're short on time.
Incorporate push-ups into your morning and evening routines
A set of push-ups helps work your arms and core, without taking up much time. Try adding a couple of sets into your morning or evening routines for a quick toning session. You may even want to try doing them before your shower. You can work up a sweat and rinse it right off.
Try a HIIT workout
High intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are gaining in popularity because they often take a short amount of time but can deliver serious results. Because the intervals are quick and intense, your heart rate stays up and helps burn more fat in less time. These workouts have also shown the ability to increase your metabolism. They often require no equipment – meaning they can be performed anywhere.
Work out on your lunch break
Use your lunch break as an opportunity to get moving! Take a walk or go for a run. You could even find a spot to do a quick HIIT workout. Bring a bag with workout clothes and some essentials like deodorant and baby wipes to freshen up. If you keep these items in your car or at your desk for easy access, you'll be ready to squeeze in a quick workout whenever your schedule allows.
Park further away
Working some extra steps into your schedule is easy if you park further away from your destination. Park a block or two away from the restaurant for your dinner reservation or choose a spot that's a couple rows away from where you typically park at work. You won't notice the slight extra distance, but every step makes a difference!
Take the stairs
It may seem obvious, but it's a tried and true trick. Though it's easier to wait for the elevator, when given the choice, choose to take the stairs. You'll put your calf muscles to use, elevate your heart rate and may even reach your destination quicker.