Moving your body, even for short amounts of time, is one of the most important daily habits for your health. Every workout doesn’t have to be a sweat-inducing marathon of activity. Especially for those people who are short on time, quick exercises throughout the day are a great supplement to occasional high-intensity workouts. Everyone should make time for physical activity, but for those periods of time when you can’t seem to squeeze in an ideal fitness routine, it’s essential that you don’t become completely inactive.
The number of completely sedentary Americans dropped from 28.3% to 27.6% in the last year, according to survey results from the Physical Activity Council, but this is still far too high. And that’s not the only bad news.
The American Heart Association notes that sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950, and on top of that, the average workweek has grown longer. Between work, family, and everything else that comes up in life, Americans are busier than ever, yet more sedentary than ever as well. We could all use some help finding ways to squeeze in physical activity, so here are 10 simple ways to fit more exercise into your schedule.
Whether you’re lifting weights at the gym or power-walking around your neighborhood, chances are there is way you can accomplish something else on your to-do list at the same time. Many gym-goers watch TV or listen to music or podcasts while on the treadmill, and some will even bring a book or make a grocery list while on the elliptical. Walking is one of the most underrated forms of exercise, and one of its many benefits is that it’s easy to multi-task. You can make phone calls while walking, bring the dog along, or even squeeze in some in-person socializing with a workout buddy.