Ok so if you’re anything like me, you *hate* taking the time to exercise.
I would try doing workout routines, quickie workouts, morning workouts, hyped up, expensive videos, but they just never stuck.
It not even that I hated doing them, I would just rather be doing something else.
There’s only so many hours in a day to begin with, after all.
One of the keys I have found to still exercise without spending time on it (because we all want to be healthy and feel good, right?)
What is that? Yes, you heard right!
I exercise without spending time “exercising”
Some people would consider exercise not exercise if they like it, like sports, running (if you’re into that type of thing), or even fitness games, which I do as well. Love the game options!
Also many articles out there will talk about mowing the lawn, running errands, or vacuuming as ways to exercise… which is great and active, but isn’t fun and isn’t going to get your blood pumping in the same way exercise does.
What I am referring to in this post, is finding ways to exercise while doing regular day to day activities.
Which doesn’t just save time (like shortening it) but actually isn’t spending it on exercise itself!
I’m already doing something I need to be doing – I’m just combining exercise with it!
If you’ve ever wondered how to not spend time exercising, this trick is for you!
- Calf raises while brushing my teeth (using the automatic timer on my Sonicare toothbrush. Get one, your teeth will thank you!)
- Leg raises while in the kitchen cooking dinner
- Ab vacuums in the shower (don’t do anything with large body movements in the shower – you might slip and fall!)
- Free weights while I’m watching a show
- Quad raises while I’m reading
Everyone’s lives and daily routines are different, so find what works and fits into your daily routines!
Think of it this way – always wanted those sexy legs or shoulders?
Find a way to squeeze in four exercises per week, just two every other day, and you’ve got them!
One body part down, one less to go! Find more to get more! You got this!
- Find your “idle” times of day – when you’re standing or sitting or laying down for periods of time. Even as short as 3 minutes! That’s all it takes to complete a set of exercises!
- Figure out what you can do during that time – find what’s available around you. Kitchens have counters that could be used as support, chairs can be used to straddle, and your own body weight can be used anywhere!
- If you don’t have free weights, remember you can use household items like milk jugs (filled with water) and water bottles, and anything else you can find that is the right weight!
- Set reminders for yourself – you’ll forget, trust me! These are parts of your day you’re used to just going through the motions, so keep reminders around you or put them in your phone to go off. After a few days, they become automatic.
- Remember to switch off exercises every other day – you can’t do the same exercises every day. So switch it up!
You only need a handful exercises to complete a simple upper or lower body workout
So if you could get even one of these done during your “idle” times of day, you are halfway there to a full body workout! Without spending ANY “TIME” on it at all!
Don’t wait, start today!