1. I put aside time for the gym.
Sometimes I never make it to the gym because I’m having one of those days but I really do try to go as often as I can.
I have a regular “gym time”. For me that’s 3:30pm. I chose this time because 3:30 is about when I start to get bored of working. It’s right in the middle of the afternoon and is the perfect time to break up my day with some activity.
Your workout doesn’t have to be cardio.
Not all of my exercises involve cardio, and not even all of them involve the gym. A few times a week I do some bodyweight exercises right in my home! It’s super easy and only takes like 30 minutes.
Sound cool? Check out the NerdFitness body weight workout.
2. I walk everywhere.
My husband and I don’t even own a car because it’s so easy to get around Cambridge. But I take this one step further by never getting the bus into town. I walk everywhere.
- Going to the store? I walk.
- Grabbing coffee? I walk.
- Heading into town? I walk.
- Going to the bank? I walk.
To be fair, this is easier for me since I live pretty close to the centre of town (it’s a 15 minute walk) so walking is so easy for me. But even if you’re not quite as well positioned as I am, you can still take this to heart.
- Always take the stairs.
- If you can walk, then do it!
3. I’m intentionally inefficient.
This probably sounds weird, but I purposely make my shopping trips inefficient. By that I mean I don’t combine all of my tasks into one trip.
Let’s say I have to do the following in one day:
- Get a coffee
- Grab lunch
- Pick up food for dinner
- Buy a snack for later
- Go to the post office
I could easily get all those done in one trip. The post office is on the way to Starbucks, which is on the way to the grocery store. I could easily hit all of those in one trip.
But I don’t.
Instead, my day might look like this:
- Go to the post office.
- Grab a coffee.
- Head home.
- Go back out and grab lunch.
- When I get hungry, I walk to the store and grab food for a snack.
- When it nears dinner time, I walk back to the store to buy groceries for dinner.
Multiple outings allows me to get more steps in, but also breaks up my day.
I force myself to make multiple trips, which gives me more periods of “activity”.
But also, I love how these outings break up my day. Sometimes I can’t stand to just work for 8 hours straight. I need something to break up the monotony and keep me alert. These quick little 15 minute outings every few hours are PERFECT!