Even though your Eternal Fitness virtual personal trainer might metaphorically be with you everywhere, in reality, we just live in a personal training app in your phone. You make choices every day to be active or not. We understand that you’re busy, so we are offering up a few ways to sneak exercise and activity into all aspects of your life.
Fast Exercise Opportunities
Start First Thing In The Morning
You don’t need to necessarily hit the gym before heading to work (though this is a great idea), but doing something as simple as stretching or making your bed every morning will get your muscles moving and help your body to wake up.
Take The Long Way
This is the oldest advice in the book and it can mean a lot of different things. Whether this looks like taking the stairs, parking farther away, or getting off of the subway at an earlier stop, finding ways to add a little extra walking time all adds up in the end. Will taking the stairs every day or parking at the back of the parking lot make you healthy? Not necessarily. But they can help to strengthen your muscles, get your heart rate up for a few minutes, and create a mindset of “I don’t always need to do the easiest thing.”
Exercise In Chunks
Many people say that they simply do not have time to exercise. That’s fair, we’re all busy. But don’t let that be your excuse. Do you have a mid-morning break at work? In most states, you legally have to be allowed short breaks during your shift. Instead of using this time to sit and play on your phone, take a brisk walk around the building or find a place to do some squats or pushups. Do the same thing during your lunch break and your afternoon break. Doing just ten minutes or so at a time will give you a full 30 minutes of exercise by the end of the day.
Prioritize Your Moves
Did you know that minute for minute, jump roping is one of the biggest calorie busters? If you have five minutes to sneak away at work, jump roping for those few minutes will burn significantly more calories than certain other exercises like bicep curls or squats. Whole-body exercise is obviously important, but if you only have a few minutes you might as well get the most out of it. If you have a longer amount of time, it might be better to focus on lower-intensity workouts so you don’t wear yourself out on jumping rope.
Yes, that is exercise at your desk. Check out these discreet Deskercises you can do at your work desk without anyone noticing. And if they do notice you doing The Pinstripe Push Up or The Stapler Curl – invite them to join in with you!
Make It A Game
The more fun you have exercising, the less it will feel like ‘work’. Join an office or local sports league. Everything from softball to kickball to ultimate frisbee and even bowling will help you stay active and make some new friends in the process, benefitting both your physical and mental health. Play with your kids outside or volunteer to babysit your nieces or nephews if you don’t have children of your own. Kids are full of energy and just keeping up with them can be considered a workout.
Instead of fast-forwarding through commercials during your favorite show, take those two minutes to do some squats or walk up and down stairs. You can even make an ‘exercise’ game out of television shows. For example, if you do ten push-ups every time a character dies in Game of Thrones, you’ll look like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson by the end of season 6.
Waiting And Standing Don’t Have To Be Idle
When we’re standing in line at the bank or the grocery store, we usually assume a common position where we put all of our weight on one leg with our hip jutted out and our other leg bent or out to the side. Why? Because this takes the least amount of effort possible rather than just standing straight with our weight spread equally over our two feet. Take the first step of simply standing up straight and relying on your muscles to hold you up rather than using your bones as a kickstand. Then, do some small movements. You may look silly doing full-on push ups at the grocery store, but you can do toe raises, flex and release your abdominals, or walk in place to get your body moving.
Find Exercise That Works With Your Schedule
This one seems obvious, but working with your existing schedule will make it easier to get in those daily exercises. You don’t have to hit the gym right after work if that’s already when you pick up your kids from soccer practice or when you go to the store. With Eternal Fitness, you have access to a virtual personal trainer online that will devise exercises and custom meal plans that fit your needs and schedule. If you only have 20 minutes per day to dedicate to working out, then your exercise plan will look different than someone who can dedicate an hour a day to working up a sweat.
Sign up for our online personal training program today and discover the difference that a virtual personal trainer can make. With workout videos online, personalized meal planning, and access to the Eternal Fitness personal training app, you can keep your trainer updated and keep track of your progress. View our online fitness trainer packages, including our 30-day fitness challenge package, and contact us today to get started.
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