With a busy schedule, some days it is nearly impossible to go to the gym. Guess what! You don't have to go to the gym to workout. You don't even have to set aside a "workout time". How?
What should you do?
- Do sit-ups in bed. Well, not literally in bed. Exercise while watching tv. One episode could potentially be an hour workout. So while you are watching your favorite show, do a few resistance exercises (sit ups, push ups, squats, lunges).
- Run around your neighborhood before going into the house or apartment after school. It doesn't have to a long run. Just long enough to elevate your heart rate. If your schedule is super packed, think of this as 10 extra minutes spent in traffic.
- Exercise on study breaks. Do a few sit-ups/push-ups when you take a break to rest your eyes. Do a few jumping jacks/burpees when you finish an assignment.
- Bike to school. Riding a bicycle is a full body workout, so ride to school or in between classes to get your cardio done for the day.
- Foam roll before bed. A foam roller is similar to giving yourself a massage. You get a slight workout but can also relax your muscles and mind. If you do not have a foam roller, you can buy an affordable one here.
Sometimes I ...
- Do an ab circuit when I first wake up. It usually has weighted leg lifts, ab roll ups, and I do 10-15 reps with my ab wheel. Usually this will be the best time to get a short workout in. It also helps me wake up.
- Do an arm circuit during a study break. Arms are not my favorite, so I usually go on Pinterest and find a workout. Usually I will pick 2 or 3 of those and do 10-15 reps each. Instead of using weights, go for an unopened water gallon.
- Do a leg circuit while my food cooks. When I bake something, or make a meal that will take 15 minutes to cook, I will do a leg circuit. The smell of food motivates me (too weird to say in a blog post?). I will do a few squats and lunges in the living room. If you have, a closed kitchen I would not recommend this one. I have a very open layout so if my food were to (I don't know) catch fire, I can see it.
What prevents keeps you from being active? How do you try to fit exercise into your schedule?
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