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10 Ways to Sneak In a Workout

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By: , – Marianne Magno, Fitness Magazine
11/3/2011 6:00 AM   :  14 comments   :  8,294 Views

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In a perfect world, we'd all have at least an hour a day to devote to our fitness. But in the real world, 24 hours a day doesn't seem like nearly enough time to fit in work, school, and family. Stop stressing! Here are 10 ways to sneak a workout into your super busy schedule.
 
Turn Your Commute into a Workout

On days that Monica Vazquez, 27, a master trainer for New York Sports Clubs in New York City, can't do her usual run, she stuffs her essentials -- keys, cash, credit card, phone, and ID -- into a fanny pack and jogs home from work instead. "Running is a great  workout, but it's also great transportation," she says. "Sometimes I get home even earlier than I normally do taking the subway."

Not a runner? Bike to work, get off your bus or train a few stops earlier, or park the car farther away to extend your walking  time. 
 

Set Your Alarm Early

Becoming an A.M. exerciser means you get to cross your workout off your to-do list ASAP. We're not telling you to skip out on sleep in favor of a sweat session, but there are simple steps you can take to reset your sleep schedule and wake up earlier. Can't quite get yourself out of bed that early? Wear your workout clothes to bed and get your sweat on as soon as you wake up.
 
Read more ways to sneak in a workout from Fitness Magazine.
 
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  • 14
    I would love to ride my bike to work! It's not the distance, as I can handle 17 miles each way. It's that it is so unsafe. The last 2 miles, there are no bike paths, sidewalks or even a gravel shoulder to ride on. All the roads are highways, with people driving 55+ - 11/5/2011   1:07:32 PM
  • 13
    I am a bicycle commuter. I ride 20 miles a day. It helps that I love doing it, and that gets me out of bed in the morning. It gets my day off to a great start, and I'm hooked on it. - 11/3/2011   8:53:30 PM
  • 12
    I talk the stairs instead of the elevators. If it's 6 floors, it just takes me a little longer to get there. I might be winded, but that's OK! - 11/3/2011   5:35:48 PM
  • 11
    I get off the bus early on my way home (if it's not raining). Having a treadmill at home helps as I can be home when the kids are. I bought one from Craigslist. - 11/3/2011   3:01:29 PM
  • ROGER80465
    10
    I carry a lunch bag that weighs about 5-6 pounds (no my lunch is not that heavy) As I walk to and from the bus stop I do bicep curls and lateral raises and any other exercises I can think of. Great way to multitasking, even though I look a bit silly - 11/3/2011   1:31:12 PM
  • 9
    No more couch potato? Really! Oh, I gave up watching television long ago. If I get cable again (after years—and otherwise, I have NO TV reception worth a damn with the converter box) I will be working up a sweat while the show is on. It's something I'd gotten used to. - 11/3/2011   12:39:04 PM
  • 8
    What about walking during lunch breaks? There are days I pack my lunch and eat during my walk or walk to the park to enjoy it. Like KKZMOM11, I do some exercises (like leg lifts and stretches) at my desk. - 11/3/2011   12:07:01 PM
  • 7
    Take stairs & walk during Lunch & Breaks. - 11/3/2011   10:57:25 AM
  • THEBASILE5
    6
    take stairs whenever possible - 11/3/2011   10:41:19 AM
  • 5
    Time is always a problem for me! Sometimes I sneak in a walk at lunch, but I like to run 3 times a week. I'm actually worried that I won't be able to continue when the time changes this weekend. (Getting up earlier is not an option. I leave my house by 5:40 to get to work.) - 11/3/2011   9:37:32 AM
  • 4
    I walk during lunch and on breaks.
    - 11/3/2011   9:25:15 AM
  • 3
    I actually love getting up early in the morning to get my work out in. It's not crowded, I'm at the Y with like-minded people, and the big one...it's done for the day! I don't always get the sleep I should, so that's a problem, but the exercise gets me going every day! When I can, I walk to work as well. That helps to spread the workout throughout the day. - 11/3/2011   9:14:33 AM
  • 2
    When I was working in Seattle several years ago, I would drive to the Park-N-Ride, park the car, then walk three bus stops up from the Park-N-Ride. It gave me a the opportunity to get the seat I liked because the Park-N-Ride was always a load of people all by it self. The walk was great because it added onto the walk when I got off the bus at work. I had to walk an underground sidewalk lined with vendors, which was one of the first of it's kind in our city. It was a great walk that finished in a two story stairclimb with no breaks or places to rest. Once out from there I had another block and a half walk to work. I could have done the surface route, but the underground sidewalk route was so neat, and sheltered from the weather. It is amazing at how much walking can do for you and you don't have to buy anything or do anything special except to put one foot in front of another, and occasionally, figure out ways to make it more fun or longer. - 11/3/2011   8:17:26 AM
  • 1
    I dance in my chair at work. I know I look silly, but I get moving and I do burn some calories. Maybe not 100's, but it is some, and I feel better afterwards. - 11/3/2011   7:43:44 AM

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