We all know how important it is to prioritise movement for both physical and mental well-being. But I’m sure you also know how work, family, and personal commitments can leave us feeling overwhelmed and time-poor, and before you know it, exercise falls by the wayside.
So how can we squeeze exercise and movement into our busy lives? Here’s some strategies:
- Short Workouts
Who said a good workout has to take an hour? Shorter, 15-30minute high-intensity workouts can be just as effective in keeping you fit and healthy. High-intensity interval training or bodyweight exercises can be done anywhere and provide significant health benefits.
- Prioritize Consistency Over Intensity
Consistency is key for maintaining a sustainable healthy lifestyle when you’re busy. Instead of sporadic intense workouts, opt for a regular routine that you can stick to. Even if it’s a daily 10-minute walk or stretching/mobilising routine in the morning, it can make a significant difference. The cumulative effect of consistent, moderate activity can lead to improved fitness and overall well-being.
- Incorporate Movement into Your Daily Routine
Look for opportunities to sneak in physical activity throughout your day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk or bike to work, and take up active hobbies like gardening or dancing. Small changes can add up and contribute to your daily movement quota without requiring dedicated workout time.
- Make the Most of Breaks
If you have short breaks throughout your day, take the change to move your body instead of scrolling through social media or sitting at your desk. A quick walk, some stretches, or some breathing exercises can re-energize you and boost productivity.
Combine your activities – if you’re catching up on your favourite TV show or podcast, get off the couch and onto the floor to stretch and move. Multitasking workouts can make it easier to fit physical activity into your daily life without it feeling like an extra chore.
- Plan and Prioritise
Just as you schedule meetings and appointments, schedule your workouts and treat it as non-negotiable. When you prioritise your health and make it part of your routine, it becomes easier to stick with it.
Being busy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health and well-being. By implementing movement strategies that suit your busy lifestyle, you can maintain a consistent exercise routine, reduce stress, and improve your overall quality of life. Small efforts add up, and finding creative ways to incorporate movement into your daily routine can have a profound impact on your physical and mental health.