Find Time to Get Fit
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Squeezing in a workout used to mean I had to go out — as in leave my house and drive to the gym. I never blocked this time-intensive effort into my schedule, but I found savvy ways to work out that don't significantly impact my day. That means, no excuses!
Get Rid of Time Wasters
An app like Caato Time Tracker tells you exactly where your time is going and makes it easy to get rid of time wasters. Turn it off anytime you stop working, and you may find yourself getting much more efficient.
Stretch at Your Desk
Sitting at a desk for eight-plus hours a day takes a toll on the body. To fit a little movement into your day and relieve stress, try some simple and inconspicuous yoga stretches at your desk. Start with a high altar pose then move through eight additional movements, ending with a bridge stretch.
Get Fit While Getting Stuff Done
Have a long list of housework to conquer? You can get that to-do list done and squeeze in moderate exercise at the same time. Weeding, raking, planting seeds, mowing, doing the dishes, vacuuming and mopping are all surprisingly active tasks. They may not give you a six-pack, but they definitely burn some calories.
You can do these micro-workouts at home, at work or simply going about your routine. Add some of the newest devices and apps and you can get fit while feeling great. While it may take 10,000 steps to get heart-healthy and keep my energy level up, that doesn’t mean I have to run a marathon or take a hike to heed results. With an activity tracker, I can simply make slight changes to my routines — like parking further away from an entrance or swapping out a traditional chair with an exercise ball. I also like to use a fitness website that tracks my workouts and donates money in the name of my progress to the charity of my choice. Good karma for me and my thighs!
Withings Aura Sleep Monitor
Quality sleep improves your overall health, not to mention the energy it gives you to exercise. This under-the-mattress sleep sensor and bedside light monitors your sleep cycles and gently wakes you at the optimal time so you feel refreshed.
Fitbit Aria Scale
This scale talks to your fitness tracker and phone, so you receive celebratory messages as you reach your fitness goals and a big-picture look at your progress over time. Stepping on the scale feels great for a change.
Jaybird Bluetooth Earphones
Boasting sweat-repellant materials, these wireless earbuds are made to fit over your ears so their cord doesn't touch your neck, and wires don’t interrupt your workout. Jog unencumbered.
Xbox Fitness Workout at Home
Bring a celebrity trainer home — Shaun T of Insanity, Tony Horton of P90X, Jillian Michaels and Tracy Anderson — with a video fitness game that can get you into shape with personalized feedback. They respond to your form, power and pulse rate so you get the best results.
Misfit Shine Fitness Tracker Watch
There are other less-than-attractive fitness trackers you can wear on your wrist, but here's one that's stylish and versatile. In the luminous, anodized aluminum color of your choice, the Misfit Shine disc monitors your steps, calories and sleep, while also working as a watch. You can also wear it as a necklace, pin or bracelet.
WiFi-Connected Spin Bike
If the spin class schedule at your gym doesn't work with your schedule, try the Wi-Fi-connected Peloton spin bike that streams live spin classes directly from New York City to your machine. You'll have a front-row seat facing the instructor, complete with video chat.
For those times when I need a little help kicking some calories to the curb, I call in the troops — my family of coaches — to cheer me on. Looping my kids in on my fitness goals and enlisting their creative skills to motivate me allows me to stay focused. Learn how to make a motivational fitness poster at Made + Remade.