Here are my top 10 ways to include more exercise into my daily mega busy life:
1. Do squats as you brush your teeth in the morning. This could last 2-5 minutes depending on how long you brush your teeth for!
TIP – if you feel your legs are not getting tired enough – try to do the squats faster.
2. Get moving in the morning – move faster than usual when you do your usual chores in the morning. This could include bathroom visits, preparing for your breakfast or lunch, getting ready etc.
3. Go up and down the stairs faster a few times, this will get your heart pumping faster.
4. Get your house work done before your breakfast. As you get up, brush your teeth, and drink a big glass of water and then get moving to your house work.
Morning is the best time to get your household chores out of the way when your resilience level is high. I find doing the house work in the morning much more effective and faster – try it!
Of course you can reward yourself to a lovely breakfast or whatever else you like to do e.g. watch TV, or sit in the garden outside especially in the summer.
5. If moving is really not practical for you then opening the doors and windows is another way of getting more fresh air into your house and system, which ultimately makes you feel refreshed.
6. Park your car at least 10 minutes away from your work place – if you go to a job, try setting off 10 minutes earlier, which will allow you to get that extra 10 minutes of exercise into your routine.
Or if you use public transport try getting off a stop earlier. If you can do longer then of course the better. Same goes for if you are a stay at home person and you need to go out to run your house errands.
7. Take the stairs instead of the lift – I walk up the stairs to 6th floor at least once a day and always use the stairs for going back down to the ground floor.
8. This hack may not come in early morning, but I thought it was worth mentioning – go out for a walk during your lunch break or take your lunch outside and sit somewhere nice to have it.
9. This one applies mainly to the parents or adults who have the responsibility for school pick-ups and drop-offs – walk to the school with your children in the morning, if school is in walking distance.
Walking with your children is such a good opportunity to teach them about everyday life, you can have a discussion about what you see together and it is also a bonding opportunity, so grab it! And most importantly teach them about road safety and stranger awareness.
10. Go to the shop walking if you need to nip out for a milk, bread etc first thing in the morning.
Please give your valuable feedback and share your tips and tricks with us.
Rani and Habib