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15 Sneaky Ways to Squeeze in Exercise When You Just Don’t Have Time


What if you could add 30 minutes of exercise to your day?

As a new mom — and a new mom who’s starting back to work — it’s crucial I make the absolute most out of every minute of the day. Gone are the days when I had the luxury of wasting time.

There’s just no time to waste these days.

Amid this coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), you might be thinking you have nothing but time. So many of us are quarantined at home in states with stay-at-home orders — why wouldn’t you have an abundance of time?!

Well, because for some of you, you’re not the only person stuck at home. Your spouse is home, too, as are your kids — and you’re probably having to home school. All that coupled with regular everyday responsibilities (cooking, cleaning, etc. and so forth), and things could start to feel pretty overwhelming…

…at which point, you don’t even want to think about trying to find some time to workout.

Well, you don’t have to. I’ve found the time for you!

  1. Devote 5 or 10 minutes to some good, thorough stretching first thing out of bed.
  2. Do 3 sets of 15 squats while you’re brushing your teeth.
  3. Do 25 jumping jacks while waiting on your coffee pot or tea kettle.
  4. Add a couple extra blocks onto your dog’s walk. Or, add an extra walk to the schedule.
  5. Do 20 toe raises while you wash your hands; one for each CDC-recommended second.
  6. Trade your desk chair for a stability ball.
  7. Pace your house while talking on work calls.
  8. Spend the first few minutes of your lunch break planking. Try 3 sets at 30 seconds each and move up to 45 seconds and then a whole minute.
  9. Grab your dumbbells and do 3 sets of 15 bicep curls at your desk. No weights? No problem; use bottles of water or soup cans. Just increase your reps!
  10. Dance for 10 minutes with your family or while you’re cooking dinner.
  11. Climb your stairs while FaceTiming with friends.
  12. Do 10 push ups during each commercial break.
  13. Every time you pick up your phone to start mindlessly scrolling Instagram, put it down and do 10 crunches.
  14. Do 4 sets of 20-second wall sits while you brush your teeth.
  15. Devote 5 or 10 minutes to some good, thorough stretching right before bed.

Keep those bodies and minds moving!

Tell me: What are your tricks for squeezing in exercise when it seems like there’s no time?

Image: Kaboompics.

15 Sneaky Ways to Squeeze in Exercise When You Just Don’t Have Time


Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of WritingSpark.com, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."


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Sparks, A. (2020). 15 Sneaky Ways to Squeeze in Exercise When You Just Don’t Have Time. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2020/04/15-sneaky-ways-to-squeeze-in-exercise-when-you-just-dont-have-time/

 

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