If I had a dollar for every time I heard ‘I don’t have time to exercise’… I’d be living in my mansion in the Bahamas sipping on cocktails by my Olympic size pool that my butler Arthur just made for me. Ok, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my drift!
Time is the biggest excuse we hear for not training. Yes, life does get hectic! We all have those days where we could do with an extra hour in the day. That doesn’t mean that we can’t do one small thing a day to help us achieve our health and fitness goals. I’ll share with you a few things I do on those really busy days.
- On those crazy cleaning days where we spend allllll day cleaning is actually a fantastic opportunity to get some sneaky exercises in. For example, when I’m doing the washing, I place the basket of clothes on the opposite side of the room, on the floor. I squat to pick up just one piece of item, walk over to the clothesline and hang it up. Then I repeat. The key is that it is only one piece of clothing at a time. Before you know it, you have completed around 100 steps and around 30 squats per load of washing. Now if you are anything like my household, I can do up to 4 loads in a day… that is an extra 400 steps and 120 squats without actually doing a programmed workout.
- While making phone calls, instead of sitting down and having the conversation, walking up and down your house is an easy opportunity to get your steps in. Or you can take it to the next level and do lunges up and down your hallway. Even if it is just 10 you do, its 10 more than you were going to do.
- Going to the toilet, before doing your business.. get in a quick 10 squats! This may sound a little silly, but I promise you if you stick to this, you could be doing an extra 100 squats a day without you even realising.
You see, everyone has time. We can all do something very simple and quick that can help us to get 100 squats in a day or a couple hundred steps extra a day. If I were to say to you, give me 100 squats right now, you may curse me under your breath (or out loud), but doing it this way while you are distracted and getting your tasks done is easily achievable and quite rewarding.
SO next time you utter the words ‘I don’t have time’… I want you to stop and really think about if you do or you don’t.
- Coach Danni