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We have such busy lives. Between work, kids, errand, and chores who actually has time to workout everyday?
Sure it takes a bit of self discipline but how do you start working out when you seriously feel like you don’t have the time to do it?
Well today I am giving you several no excuse ways you can get in some exercise during your normal daily routine. That’s right I’m fitting exercise into your normal routine all you have to do is say, “ok I will do this for myself.”
Making Exercise A Priority
When it comes to exercise I am the queen of excuses. I will come up with every excuse just so that I can be lazy. Here’s the thing. Until you accept that excuses are simply just ways for you to remain lazy there isn’t going to be a mindset shift.
Listen laziness is great. It feels good to just lay down in bed and watch a TV show. Your health, self esteem, and happiness depends on you getting up and doing that workout every single day.
Make exercise a priority. Don’t skip your workout for any excuse in the book. I’m giving you all the ways you can workout without needing to hit the gym.
Get Up 10 Minutes Earlier
Set your alarm for 15 minutes before you need to start waking up. Give yourself 5 minutes to open your eyes, stretch and get out of bed. Then immediately hit a workout of some kind.
Yoga Wake Up
Do a 10 minute yoga morning routine. I personally love this as it gives you time to gently warm up your body for the day and stretch out those muscles.
Climb Your Own Stairs
If you’re more of a cardio person go up and down your stairs for 10 minutes each morning. This will get the blood pumping so you can start your day right with a workout.
Do Some Burpees
If you are trying to build muscles consider just doing burpees, slowly, for 10 minutes. The goal here is not to try to get as many burpees as possible in in 10 minutes.
The goal is to slowly concentrate on each movement for the burpees to help awaken your muscles and get your day going.
Workout At Your Desk
Even during your normal work day you can get in a workout. It’s really not that difficult and most likely your coworkers won’t even notice. If they do they will probably join you because we all love workout buddies.
Get A Yoga Ball Chair
Instead of sitting in a typical office chair consider getting a yoga ball chair. One this helps with posture but it also helps you tone your core without looking like you are actually working out.
Do Leg Lifts
If you don’t sit at a desk and work on your feet all day consider doing leg lifts. By lifting your leg back, to the side, or in front of you repeatedly you are toning your legs while you work.
Do Arm Raises
Get some free weights to store at your desk. You can do bicep curls, shoulder presses, and even tricep lifts. This will help you get your arms toned.
Workout While Cooking Dinner
One of my favorite times to workout is while I’m cooking dinner. If I have to stand near the stove or in the kitchen anyways I might as well get my workout in too.
Get in your squat challenge while you are cooking dinner. It’s a great way to wait for that pot of water to finally boil without watching it.
Do Push Ups Off The Wall Or Countertop
Do some push ups off a countertop or a wall while you wait. This will help to build strength in your chest, arms, shoulders, and upper back.
Try Tricep Dips On A Kitchen Chair
Do tricep dips off the seat of a kitchen chair to strengthen your arms, shoulders, and back. This workout helps to prevent or get rid of the wings we all get as we get older.
Workout While Watching TV
There are usually 4 commercial breaks during any hour long show. Take advantage of them by using the commercial breaks to challenge yourself and your family to some exercise.
Do as many squats as possible during the first commercial break. This will tone up your thighs, hamstrings, and butt. It’s also beneficial for your posture.
Remember, when squatting your knees should never go before your toes. Keep your knees aligned with your ankles to reduce knee stress and pain during squats.
Unlike the morning workout option of doing slow burpees these burpees should be faster. Try to do as many as possible.
If at first you need to modify them by walking out or walking up instead of jumping do so. You can skip the pushup or do a modified version of it as well.
For the third commercial break do as many crunches as you can. The type of crunch doesn’t really matter so long as you do them.
Do bicycle crunches, Russian twists, bridge, reverse, or normal sit ups. Even switch them up during the commercial break by doing a different type through each commercial.
Commercial Push Ups or Plank
Pushups are my least favorite workout but it’s such an effective workout and targets loads of different muscle points. Consider doing a plank through one commercial then as many modified push ups as possible through the next.
Workout Right Before Bed
Finally, why not workout right before bed. While I don’t recommend doing a full workout routine as it can be really energizing you can practice a bit of yoga.
A Relaxing Yoga Routine Before Bed
Use a bedtime yoga routine like this one to finish out your day and relax your body before bed. Yoga can be extremely beneficial to keeping your body limber, mind de-stressed, and build muscle strength.
Fit Exercise In A Busy Schedule
I have officially showed you all the ways you can get a workout in during your busy life. Remember, your desire to be healthy, fit, and happy needs to be stronger than your excuses to not workout.
Make fitness a priority and then make time for your workouts each and every day. There are plenty of times in the day when you can squeeze in mini workouts. As you make fitness a priority you will make time for it.
Are there any times in the day that you squeeze in mini workouts? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your favorite fitness boards.
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