Fit Fitness In

Squeeze fitness into even the busiest schedule.

It’s the most common excuse for skipping exercise and we’ve all used it at one time or another—no time. But that’s no excuse when it comes to something that is so fundamental to your overall health. You don’t need to slave away at the gym for hours to see results. If you’re time-pressed, try these techniques for fitting fitness in. Your body will thank you.

  • Break it Up: If you can’t find 30 minutes in your jam-packed day, how about 10? Break your 30-minute workout into three 10-minute segments and squeeze them into small gaps in your day. Wake up 10 minutes early for a high-powered session of burpees, push-ups, jumping jacks, and sit-ups. Take 10 minutes out of your lunch hour for a brisk walk. Spend 10 minutes at the end of your day on plyometrics. Boom—you just fit in a 30-minute workout. Of course, the key to this approach is intensity. Make those 10 minutes count with high-intensity movements.
  • Schedule It: Do you really not have time for exercise—or is the real problem that you let everything else take precedence on your calendar? Reclaim your fitness routine by scheduling it first—before anything else. Make “appointments” for yourself and block out the time on your calendar. That way nothing else can jump in and steal that valuable time slot. By building fitness into your day, you make it a priority.
  • Mix Business and Fitness: Can that weekly editorial meeting take place outside of the confines of a conference room? If your colleagues are as committed to fitness as you are, perhaps a brisk walk can take the place of a seated meeting. Movement has a way of stirring creative ideas, so you might find that you gain both exercise and new, creative solutions to problems.
  • Get on the ball: Swap your chair for a stability ball. This is one of the simplest ways to build core strength and improve posture. The ball will force you to use your core and lower back muscles while you work. Plus, you should be able to squeeze in some crunches and push-ups on the ball throughout your day.