How to Incorporate Exercise into Your Day

Yoga at Runyon Canyon

I love to exercise, but lately I’ve found myself short on time during the work week. Question number two of Talentedly’s 67-day challenge asks me whether I have exercised daily for ten minutes. For two consecutive days I have had to answer “no,” which got me thinking about fool-proof ways that I can incorporate at least ten minutes of exercise into my busy days.

Now that the weather has warmed up, I try to slip out of the office for a lunchtime walk — usually around two miles. But that has become a luxury these days. I find that if I don’t get some form of exercise in before leaving the office it just doesn’t happen that day. So here are a few ways I’ve been able to squeeze it in. Some are unconventional, but exercise is exercise!

Impromptu dance party (in my living room): I know this might not burn as many calories as a five mile run, a barre class or two hours in the gym, but when I’m short on time (and energy), cranking up the tunes and making up a routine as I go is a great way to get my heart pumping.

Planking/sit-ups/push-ups (in front of the tv): This is a great remedy for when it’s 10 p.m. and I have completely abandoned my exercise goals for the day. I’ll alternate between holding a plank pose for a couple minutes to doing some push-up variations before finishing it up with sit-ups or crunches. If I’m really ambitious, I resort to holding chair pose during commercials.

Sun Salutation: This is reserved for those days when I’m stressed and stiff (read: in need of a yoga class!). If you are not familiar with the sun salutation poses, check out YouTube for some demonstrations. What I love about this is that I can incorporate my own variations and make it as challenging or as easy as I need for that day. It will definitely get your heart rate up and make you more supple!

Take the stairs: I try always to take the stairs, but if I know that exercise is not in my immediate future, I make an extra effort to climb the stairs multiple times a day and at a brisk pace. If no one is around, I skip steps and run up them as fast as possible.

Find a time that works for you: I would probably be able to exercise regularly if I devoted a consistent time each day to it. But since no two days are alike for me, it’s easier said than done. I like to exercise around mid-day. I find that it’s a good break for my mind and I come back ready to tackle my afternoon a bit more refreshed.

How do you include exercise in your day? Any tips for when you are short on time?



    1. Thanks for the tip, Amber! Squats are great exercise, and doing them first thing in the morning helps you cross exercise off your to-do list. I’m going to give it a try!

      Thanks for visiting!

      – Vanessa

    1. Stretching is great to do first thing in the morning! I try to park as far away as I can too – every little bit of exercise counts. Thanks for these tips, Kira!

      – Vanessa

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