How To Sneak Workouts In When You Have A Busy Schedule

We all have that one friend who has a busy schedule yet manages to work out regularly, and we wish we could be like that. One of the best ways to feel better and add years to your life is by doing regular physical activity. According to the Mayo Clinic, adding exercise to your daily routine can keep you healthy, help fight diseases, give you better sleep, and improve your mood.

Even the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that most adults add 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, in addition to two strength-training sessions, a week. We know exercise has health benefits, yet it's hard to find time with our busy schedules. Therefore, how do we sneak workouts into our daily routines? Most active people use tips and tricks to add activity into their lifestyle, even if they have responsibilities like a job, family, and social life. You can do the same.

"Running is a great workout, but it's also great transportation," Monica Vazquez, a master trainer for the New York Sports Clubs, told Shape. Vazquez added that an easy way to sneak a workout in is by turning your commute into an exercise. She, for example, chooses to run instead of taking the subway. Not a bad idea, right? However, it's not feasible for those who work from home. Still, there are sneaky ways to add workouts into your busy schedule and get results, no matter where you work.

These tips will help you exercise even if you're busy

Generally, one of the best ways to guarantee time to work out is to do it in the morning, though the best time of day to work out may vary per person. Make it a habit to wake up a bit earlier if you want to see results (via Shape). Plus, it will make you feel amazing all day to know that you already did your workout. Instead of sitting at your desk during lunch, take a brisk walk around the neighborhood and get fresh air if you're not an early riser.

One of the most common excuses for not working out is lack of time. Leo Fit Labs recommends making a plan for those who prefer a routine. For some people, a scheduled workout at a set time is easier to stick to than spontaneously working out. You make it a point to brush your teeth in the morning, so make it a point to work out at a set time every day, too. Your body will thank you later.

"Schedule your workouts like you would schedule a meeting with your boss," Amoila Cesar, a celebrity trainer and creator of the fitness program 6 Weeks of the Work, told Forbes. Cesar added that you should treat your workouts like an appointment with yourself. Write yourself sticky notes or pencil them in on your calendar. Your health should be a priority, so take the time to care for yourself.