9 Ways to Exercise and Burn Calories on a Busy Schedule

In today’s world, it’s easy to get busy. Technology has certainly made our lives easier, but at the same time, that means we can fit more into a day. The result? More work, and more of other things that occupy our time and keep us away from things we would like to do. If you’ve been trying to put together a workout plan, for example, you may look at your planner and realize there just isn’t enough time anywhere. A great workout is beneficial for so many reasons. Here are some ways to grab a workout- even on busy days.

Walk and Talk

WalkingOne minor thing you can do to squeeze in some extra exercise is incorporating walks into your daily routine whenever you can.  If you make tend to make phone calls, consider taking a brisk stroll while on the phone to get your heart rate up. The exercise may even jog your memory and improve your focus, leading to an increase in productivity; it also beats sitting in a cubicle and staring at the wall. Not huge on phone calls? Find other excuses to walk a little more. Deliver reports or check in with co-workers in person instead of simply sending emails.

Skip the Elevator

StairsElevators are a modern convenience that is also a modern excuse for people to be lazy. If you’re shooting up several floors with time sensitive material, then sure, they definitely come in handy. However, if you’re only going up a floor or two, you’re definitely better off taking the stairs. It will actually save you time, especially on repeated trips; you’ll also get a little bit of a workout in, and avoid awkward moments with coworkers and elevator music. You can even treat it as a burst exercise by making your way up flights of stairs as quickly as possible.

Extend Your Walk-Time

far walkWhether you drive or make use of public transport, there are things you can do to squeeze out a little more exercise. When it comes to driving, parking further away from your place of work gives you a longer distance to walk, maximizing your exercise. If you tend to deal with full parking lots, it also saves you time as people are less likely to park at a distance anyway, so you’ll always have a spot. Use public transportation? Map out a pedestrian route to work from one or two stops earlier than you would normally disembark. Or, better yet.

Consider Biking to Work

Bike to Work

Better even than parking lot walks or mixed commutes, try riding a bike to and from work. Biking is a great whole body exercise that can build stamina and muscle. There are other benefits as well, such as the fact that you’re less likely to get stuck in traffic. You’ll also become more familiar with your route to and from work and feel more awake and invigorated when you start your workday. If your route is really tough, or you’re not exactly in perfect biking shape, consider buying an electric bike or use a bike in conjunction with public transportation.