The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that adults participate in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Currently, only 20% of adults meet this goal. Lack of exercise can increase the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and cancer.
There are many reasons why individuals fail to exercise, but the most commonly stated reason is a lack of time. It can be challenging to find time to exercise when you’re already busy trying to balance work, household responsibilities, family time, and likely a multitude of other obligations. Even with a constant to-do list, you can add activity to your day. Every bit counts.
The following are some ways to increase your activity level, even with a busy schedule:
- Schedule your workout on your calendar to make it a priority.
- Limit screen time. Or, exercise while watching television whether its a treadmill, stationary bike, or even marching in place.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Do calf raises while waiting for copies or while standing in line.
- Use half of your lunch break to go on a walk. You’ll likely be more productive, too.
- Recruit a coworker to take multiple walking breaks with you. You can hold each other accountable.
- If you have the ability to stand at work, do so while working. It will increase the number of calories you burn throughout the day.
- Park further than you normally do at work or while out doing errands.
These are just a few basic suggestions on increasing exercise without changing much of your daily routine. The exercise possibilities throughout the day are endless and can be personalized to fit your unique schedule.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2014, May 23). Physical Activity. Retrieved from www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/data/facts.htm.