4 Simple Ways To Incorporate Fitness Into Busy Days

4 simple ways to add fitness into busy days
Ahhh, the holidays mixed with end-of-the-year madness. It’s crazy!

It’s also a time when healthy routines—like working out—seem to slide. A fitness class or gym sesh is just another commitment that can feel stressful when I’m busy. Anyone else? But instead of getting overwhelmed by the thought of adding one more thing to my plate, I’m finding ways to keep up with fitness—without the stress. I know that in the end getting my body moving and my head clear with help with mood and stress levels, so it’s crucial.

Most importantly, I like to remind myself that it’s day-by-day. I don’t need to think about how I’ll fit fitness into my packed schedule as a whole; I simply need to figure out how to move each day. One at a time! Here’s how to easily add fitness into busy days:

  1. Keep comfy clothes in your car: If you can get away with wearing workout clothes to your job, even better, but if not, keeping a spare set with you is key. This leaves you the chance to go for a run after work or a walk at lunch. Hit up a park for sprints or stairs to amp it up.
  2. Buy a jump rope: Such an easy way to get a killer workout. Jump for 5-10 minutes while watching TV or use it for a full cardio workout. Simple and cheap!
  3. Utilize mundane tasks: If you’re going to have a seriously busy day, use mundane tasks to get your workout in. Do squats while you brush your hair and teeth. Use your kitchen counter for push-ups as your coffee brews. Do leg raises from your chair—whatever! You’d be shocked at how much you can move with no gym equipment or gym involved.
  4. Challenge your coworkers: Using a Fitbit or fitness app, ask coworkers to get involved in a friendly challenge. Whoever can take the most steps each week until the end of the year gets a prize—or at least bragging rights. This doesn’t require a commitment to a workout or the gym, but it will get you moving!

Any tips you have for me?



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  1. Fidgeting and fiddling around makes me feel like I’m moving more. Oh, and I always make sure to take the stairs instead of escalators. My walk back home is uphill and instead of taking the escalators or even walking the slope, I tackle the stairs. 😉 My daily workout done.
    – Charmaine

  2. This is such a cool idea, I feel so guilty when I can’t make the gym but it’s just so busy at work this time of year! I’m definitely doing some squats when I bush my teeth tonight!


  3. I’ve been on the same boat – trying to fight the inevitable workout slacking and bad eating habits this time of year brings. I’m trying to schedule workouts over my lunch break if I can – get them in and get them done- and then I have the rest of the (darker) evenings to do as I please. I’ve also been making sure to hit my 10,000 Fitbit steps a day (my husband and I compete). Food is a bit harder as there’s never a shortage of treats during the holiday season, but I’m trying to indulge only when I really, REALLY want to, and not just because someone brought it to work that day.

  4. Using a Jump rope is such a good idea for a great quick cardio session. I’ll definitely be giving that one a go.

    Have you tried using a Hula hoop for a 5-10 min abs workout. All that core squeezing is really effective in a pinch. Th smaller the hoop the better the cardio workout too 🙂

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