With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s hard to find time to relax, let alone exercise. If you’re struggling to find the time to fit in a good workout, you might be wondering if there are things you can do to fill little moments of time? If the answer is yes, what five exercises should you focus on?
These exercises focus on multiple muscle groups and allow you to spend your time more efficiently. This is perfect when you’re short on time but still want to get some fitness in. Work each of these into breaks during your day to keep moving all day long.
Walking – Walking is something you do every single day, but did you realize it’s also one of your strongest workout allies? Strive for at least 10,000 steps a day. You can get there by taking the steps instead of the elevator, getting up from your desk once every hour, or walking to lunch instead of hopping in your car. If you work remotely, put on your tennis shoes and walk through some meetings.
Lunges – You might not realize it, but adding lunges to your day is fairly easy. You can lunge while folding laundry, cooking, or reading a book. Lunges work your lower body and provide you with excellent balance skills. Be mindful of your form. It’s important to watch the angle of your knees when lunging, so you don’t harm yourself. Keep the weight on the back of your feet, and don’t allow your knee to go further than 90 degrees.
Jumping Jacks – When was the last time you did jumping jacks? You might think it sounds silly to add in this exercise we all learned as kids, but jumping jacks work with multiple muscle groups, get your heart pumping, and work on your coordination. As you get older, coordination and balance will be more important than ever.
Crunches or Sit-Ups – one of the best muscle groups you can work on is your core. Crunches/Sit Ups are perfect for developing the group responsible for balance and stability. Your stomach, pelvis, lower back, and hips are all part of your core muscle group.
Walkout Push Up – This exercise might be new to you. Because it incorporates multiple levels of activity, you start standing, then get down on the floor. It boosts your heart rate and gets your blood pumping. Standing with your feet hip-width apart, you bend over at the waist and walk your hands out to a push-up position. Complete the push-up and then walk your hands back to your feet and stand up again.
Incorporating these five exercises into your daily routine can keep you active and focused when you can’t commit to a longer workout. Challenge yourself to do each of these once a day, increasing your repetitions each day or each week. Before you know it, you’ll be flying through them and feeling fit.