Packed for time? In an ideal world, we’d all have an hour to get in a workout. In reality, that’s not always possible. Here are a few ways to sneak a workout into your day.


(1) Park really far away

Although sometimes the closest spot to your office can be tempting, taking the furthest spot away can help you get that extra walk in before & after work. Burning those extra calories can really add up on a weekly basis.

(2) Get a dog

These furry friends are not only super cute and loyal; but they make a good excuse to go for a walk. Having a dog forces you to get outside and play around. Multiple studies have shown that dogs can be powerful motivators to get people moving.

(3) Walk to lunch

Next time your co-workers ask you grab lunch, skip the car ride. Pick a spot that’s in reasonable walking distance but still allows you to get a mile or two in. You’ll be feeling refreshed and ready to take on the workday.

(4) Love your chores

Sweeping, vacuuming, washing windows…these chores can really add up if attacked vigorously. Spending 30 minutes plus walking around, cleaning up your apartment will help you sneak a little workout into your day.

(5) Play a video game

With invention of the Wii and Xbox Kinect, we no longer need to sit still to play video games. Challenge your friends to a dance battle with the Dance Central video game for Xbox Kinect. Download Fruit Ninja Kinect and karate chop your way through mountains of fruit.

(6) Take the Stairs

I know this is an obvious one but sometimes we forgot our ability to use something besides an elevator. So, your office is 10 floors up? Who cares! Take advantage of an extra excuse to workout those glutes.

(7) Turn your commute into a workout

Don’t live too far from work? Bike to the office! A co-worker of mine bikes 25 miles to work every day and he says he’s never been in better shape.

(8) 7 minute workout

Like they say; “something is better than nothing!”  The 7-min workout has been sweeping the nation. Although I don’t think it’s a complete replacement to longer workouts, I think its great to switch it up and try this workout when you’re crunched for time.

Perform the exercise for 30 seconds with 10 seconds of transition time between bouts.

1. Jumping jacks

2. Wall sit

3. Pushup

4. Abdominal crunch

5. Step up onto chair

6. Squat

7. Triceps dip on chair

8. Plank

9. Running on the spot with high knees

10. Lunge

11. Pushup with side rotation

12. Side plank

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