Everyone knows how important it is to get exercise. That said a lot of people are unable or unwilling to ensure that they do so. If you’re one of the people that would like to be more active but have a hard time scheduling any kind of exercise into your busy day, you don’t need to get too bummed out. It’s absolutely possible to fit exercise into your day, but it’ll take some rearranging of your schedule and might require you to make some small sacrifices. But when it comes to maintaining your health, you should be willing to at least do that and more.

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Stay Fit Despite Your Busy Day

Stay Fit Despite Your Busy Day

If your days are super busy you might tend to want to stay up later because you feel like you’re not getting enough time to yourself. Staying up later, however, means you tend to rise later as well. Early mornings are a great time to work in some kind of exercise before you have to get ready for work. So if you’re serious about wanting to get healthy, why not try going to bed earlier so that you can rise earlier? You can fit in 30 minutes to an hour of physical activity before you start getting ready for work, which is 30 minutes to an hour more activity than you were getting before.

Change the Way You Commute

Obviously if your job is all the way across the city you won’t be able to run there, but you can make sure you get some exercise on the way to work. If you take the train or bus, get off a few blocks early and jog or bike the rest of the way. If you live close enough to work that you can bike or job, you should do so. Obviously you’ll be hot and sweaty once you get there, so if you leave early enough you should have time to grab a shower or freshen up before the work day begins. Commuting this way means you’re also going to get your exercise on the way home, as well, which is a healthy change to your lifestyle.

Use Your Breaks to Workout

Workout During Your Breaks

Workout During Your Breaks

This doesn’t mean you need to slap on your unitard and get busy with Zumba, but you can make use of your breaks to get a little bit of exercise. Is your office upstairs? If so, run the stairs a few times. If you’re on the ground floor, you can walk around the building or circle the parking lot a few times. And if an outdoor excursion isn’t possible, lock your office door or find an abandoned room and do some simple maneuvers—jumping jacks, sit-ups, or push-ups until your break is over. It might seem too short an amount of time to get a good workout but keep in mind that any exercise is good exercise.

Exercise While You Work

Do As Much exercise As Possible While Working

Do As Much exercise As Possible While Working

Making little changes can mean you’re getting a workout even while you’re working. You can keep a small set of dumbbells at your desk that you can use with your free hand while you’re taking calls or writing something down. Sitting on a stability ball instead of a chair can give you a workout and help to strengthen all your core muscles. If you don’t have a ball, hold on to your chair while you do some lunges, squats, and stretches. Obviously some of this you won’t be able to do if your day is extremely hectic, but on the days where things are not so crazy it’s definitely something you should try to incorporate into your routine. Keeping active while you work is a great way to keep yourself fit even when you’re crunched for time.