Working parents often use the “too busy” excuse for their lack of exercise, while in reality, even some of the busiest individuals still manage to fit exercise into their daily lives. The CDC recommends regular physical activity for all individuals, to promote good health and reduce risk for many diseases. Being busy doesn’t mean you should put off physical activity altogether. Here are some great tips on how to incorporate physical activity and exercise into your daily routine:
Make the Most of Your Morning!
The time when you first wake up is the perfect time to fit a little exercise into your routine. Try doing some stretching and other simple exercises right when you get out of bed. You can do jumping jacks, sit-ups, crunches or a few yoga poses.
Commit to a Lunchtime Workout
Most working people get an hour lunch break—so why not use it for workout time? Completing a short, high-intensity workout is just as good as a long, regular workout. If you don’t have a gym membership, try walking or running around your office complex during your lunch hour. But don’t forget to refuel (eat) when you get back!
Build Exercise into Your Daily Routine
Even the simplest daily activities can be a form of physical activity. If you work at a large office complex, try parking farther away so you have to walk a longer distance. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
Use the Buddy System
If motivation is what you really need to get you going, a buddy can definitely do the trick. Find a friend or family member who also wants to start exercising, and get to it together. Your buddy will encourage you to keep going, and vice versa.
Make It a Family Affair
Need to spend some time with the kids, but itching for a workout? Family activities are a great way to get some physical activity in! Go for a bike ride, play baseball, have a dance party or go for a walk together after dinner.
Staying healthy and physically active helps set a good example for your children, so they will do the same. The LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County is dedicated to helping teens make good choices. Visit us online to find out how you can help the teens in your life say “no” to drugs.