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How SparkPeople Employees Squeeze in Quick Workouts

Ideas For When You're Tight On Time

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We all have days when finding an hour to exercise just isn't an option. That doesn't mean you should skip your workout. Instead, you just need to get creative about how you'll fit in some activity. The people behind SparkPeople.com are avid exercisers, too, but sometimes they don't have time for their full workouts. Here are some of their tips for squeezing in a workout on the busiest days.

  • "Fitting in exercise takes planning. Many times I will get up early and get my run in before I begin my work day. If that is not an option, I always carry a duffel bag with workout clothes and shoes in my car. Even if I have to shorten my runs or workout routine, I live by the mantra, 'Something always trumps nothing.'  A short, easy 3-mile run trumps not running at all." -- Nancy, resident expert and certified running coach
     
  • "I am an early riser so I get my workout in early in the morning before anyone wakes up in my household. And, I also try to do some cardio at lunch if I have time. A few of us in the office have joined together to do a variety of challenges, so we fit in some push-ups and crunches in the afternoons three days a week." -- Beth, marketing team
     
  • "On my busy days, I try to take several breaks from work and do short 5-10 minutes of fitness at a time. Breaking it up like that makes it easier for me to focus on my work and other things that I have to do while I stick to my fitness goals. Also, when I go out, I tend to park further out in the parking lot to squeeze in a little extra walking and I always take the stairs. I find that even doing those little things that may not seem like much, can add up to helping me with my fitness goals." -- Denise, resident expert
     
  • "I get up and get my workout in before anything else. I'm pretty busy with four kids, so if I don't do it early, it's likely I'll never get to it." -- Josh, tech team
     
  • "I try to exercise while thinking about a work project in my head so I can still be working and also get my exercise minutes. I often get my best ideas this way!" -- Chris ("SparkGuy"), founder and CEO
     
  • "I either work out first thing in the morning or just to a 10-minute 'quick pump' workout in the office that's not so intense that I get super sweaty and need to shower, but good enough to help me maintain my strength training progress." -- Sean, marketing team
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